Comelec delivers over 50% of the PCOS to be used in the May 10 polls

April 26, 2010 8:14 pm 

MANILA, April 26 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has delivered more than 50 percent of the total number of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to different hubs nationwide in preparation for the May 10 national and local polls.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal reported that as of 9 a.m. Monday, the poll body had delivered 41,817 machines or 54 percent of the total number of PCOS to be utilized for the scheduled elections.

Of the total, 6,538 were sent to different areas in Luzon, while the remaining 35,279 machines were shipped to the Visayas and Mindanao.

Larrazabal said the majority of the machines are being delivered in far-flung places first because of geographical considerations.

Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) is leasing 82,200 machines to the poll body for the May elections. Of this total, only 76,000 will be deployed while the remaining units will be the spare machines.

The machines will be stored in the hubs of the service providers before delivery to the polling centers days before the polls for configuration. (PNA)



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