Comelec completes delivery of PCOS machines in Zambo Peninsula

April 26, 2013 10:25 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 26 -– The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has completed the delivery of 2,968 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to the three provinces and their three cities and the city of Zamboanga this week.

Regional Election Attorney Jossil R. Macute said the delivery of the machines from the regional dispatching center in this city started last Wednesday.

The main breakdown of the distribution of the PCOS machines are 954 units for Zamboanga del Norte, 951 for Zamboanga del Sur, 575 for Zamboanga Sibugay and 488 for Zamboanga City.

The number of machines corresponds to the number of clustered polling centers in the cities and towns in the provinces.

For example, there are 25 municipalities and the cities of Dapitan and Dipolog in Zamboanga del Norte, given 951 PCOS for the grand total of 608,605 registered voters.

The province of Zamboanga del Sur also has 27 local government units, with Pagadian City and 26 other municipalities and a total of 589,888 registered voters in 951 clustered precincts.

Zamboanga Sibugay has 16 municipalities with no city of its own and it has a voting population of 377,333.

Zamboanga City does not have any municipality but most of its 98 barangays are as big and populous as minor municipalities in the three Zamboanga provinces.

The city of Zamboanga has a voting population of 405,601 who will all vote in 488 clustered precincts.

Macute said delivery of these PCOS were made to bodegas that are properly secured by the police and solders stationed in these provinces.

The machines will be inspected by Comelec along with representatives of political parties , candidates and political groups in the bodegas.

The units will be delivered to the municipalities in the province on the eve or on election day, Macute said. (PNA)

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