Comelec ready to conduct public demo of PCOS machines

June 16, 2012 1:06 am 

MANILA, July 15 – THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to conduct a public demonstration of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to be utilized in the 2013 mid-term elections.

“We are open to that in the spirit of transparency. As a matter of fact, we have a scheduled demonstration in Congress. Senator (Koko) Pimentel requested for a demonstration so why not?” said Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento.

Sarmiento added that the demonstration would also show the public that the glitches have been addressed.

“The Comelec is prepared. As a matter of fact the machines are subject to inspection once we receive them,” he said.

Sarmiento said he believes that the Commission en banc is not going to oppose if they will have a public demonstration of the machines.

‘We need to discuss that public demonstration first in the en banc but I think no one will object to that,” he added.

Earlier, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile urged the poll body to make a voluntary demonstration of the features and operation of the PCOS machines.

Likewise, the lawmaker said it will also prove that the technical glitches in the 2010 polls have already been corrected (PNA) /CTB/FGP/utb

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