Delivery of PCOS machines to Bohol nearly completed

April 25, 2013 10:53 am 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, April 24 — The election support groups here will have to wait for just around 150 of the 1,355 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines needed for the May 13 elections as around 1,200 had already arrived last week and are kept in a warehouse of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Delivery of other election paraphernalia for Bohol have also started, according to Comelec-Bohol officer-in-charge, Lawyer Lionel Marco Castillano.

Another command conference has been set on Saturday to be attended by the election officers, chiefs of police, the DepEd division superintendent, chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and representatives of electric firms.

Comelec shrunk the 4,887 established precincts into 1,355 voting centers that would be assigned with one PCOS machine each.

Castillano assured the public that tight security has been employed on the PCOS machines in the warehouse where they are kept as of now.

They would then be delivered to the voting centers anytime under tight watch.

The machines would be opened for final testing and sealing on May 4 to be observed by concerned citizens representatives of concerned parties, interest groups and the media.

This is in consonance with the Comelec en banc resolution which states that testing and sealing should be done within seven days prior to their reopening on election day, May 13.

Castillano said this would give the Comelec and the technical people enough time to address problems that would be noted during the testing, unlike in 2010 elections when the opening and final testing of the PCOS machines were done three days before elections which proved too late for the poll agency to provide speedy solutions to the problems that arose.

This is considering that Comelec-Bohol expects a huge turnout of the 775,785 registered Boholanos in the voting centers.

Of the number, 254,246 come from the first district including Tagbilaran City, while 253,224 come from second district, and 268,315 from third district.

Castillano admitted it would test their patience to accommodate all of them from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Comelec had also trimmed down the clustered precincts to only five in a voting center, compared to the 2010 election wherein there was a maximum of seven precincts clustered in a voting center to save funds.

Comelec officials reminded candidates to avoid staying too long in the voting center or within the vicinity and entrust on their respective watchers the monitoring of the proceedings of the voting.

The public is also reminded that the liquor ban runs from May 9 until the election day, May 13, contrary to the past elections when the liquor ban only ran for two to three days. (PNA)

LAP/ANGELINE VALENCIA/ABB

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