Comelec is 98% ready for the May 10 polls

May 7, 2010 7:39 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, May 7 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is 98 percent ready for the country’s first automated polls on Monday, May 10.

“We are 98 percent ready,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

He said that all the ballots are ready for withdrawal by the board of elections inspectors (BEIs) in different municipalities/cities treasurer’s office early morning of Election Day.

Jimenez also said that the delivery of the 76, 347 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines was almost complete.

As of Friday, more than 66 percent, or 50,153 cf cards, have been shipped out of the Cabuyao warehouse in Laguna to the different cities/municipalities all over the country.

Earlier, Smarmatic recalled all CF cards after some machines failed to read the ballots while performing the testing and sealing.

All the machines will have to be tried and tested days before the elections.

Meanwhile, Jimenez advised the voters to go to the precinct finder, www.comelec.gov.ph, to verify if their registration are active or not.

“You can search it in the precinct finder but we’re experiencing a lot of traffic from that site. We suggest if you can’t really get through there, it’s always very easy to go to Comelec offices,” he said.

The Comelec official said that the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) will set up and maintain voters' assistance centers on Election Day to help voters in finding their precincts and other election-related queries. (PNA) RMA/FGP/utb

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