COMELEC Negros Oriental ready for final testing of PCOS machines on May 4

April 18, 2013 2:41 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, April 17 – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Negros Oriental is optimistic that it can comply with the May 4 nationwide simultaneous final testing and sealing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to be used for the May 13 polls.

Dumaguete City election officer Atty. Jerome Brillantes on Wednesday said the PCOS machines will be deployed to the various clustered polling precincts either a day ahead or on May 4 for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and the PCOS technicians assigned in their areas to carry out the final testing and sealing.

As of Wednesday, however, the COMELEC here has yet to receive the PCOS machines with one allocation each for the 1,076 clustered precincts in Negros Oriental, along with a still undetermined number of reserved units as contingency, Brillantes said.

Meanwhile, provincial election supervisor Atty. Juvenal Tuale disclosed that only one police officer is assigned to secure one PCOS machine although safety nets are in place to avoid a mix-up of the individually assigned units.

Each unit is configured to be independent of the other, said Tuale during an inter-agency and coordination workshop held Wednesday in Silliman University.

During the said activity, police chiefs raised concern over the security of the PCOS machines due to lack of personnel. (PNA)

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