Comelec allows local courts to use PCOS machines to resolve election protest cases

January 24, 2011 7:47 am 

MANILA, Jan.23 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allowed the different courts to use the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the immediate resolution of election protest cases from the May 10 national and local polls.

On the other hand, Comelec Minute Resolution 11-0011, would only allow a number of PCOS machines to be used by the local courts where election cases are pending.

“The Comelec hereby resolves to adopt the following guidelines on the number of PCOS machines to be delivered to the requesting courts…,” according to the resolution which was approved by the Commission en banc on January 6

Three machines including one back-up machines will be given to courts with one to five election protest cases while six PCOS machines, including one reserve machine, will be sent to courts handling six to 10 protest cases.

The poll body said the use of the PCOS machines shall be worth P5,000 per machine.

“The fee will be exclusive of the honorarium of PCOS Technicians and costs of accessories and consumables of the PCOS Machines,” the Resolution added.

Meanwhile, the Commission will issue another resolution on the date of the start of delivery of the machines.

The PCOS machines are needed to resolve protest cases for the authentication of official ballots used in the automated elections last May 20101.

Last year, the Comelec had acquired some 920 PCOS machines to be used in resolving protest cases. (PNA)

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