Comelec says glitches are expected to happen during the fts

May 3, 2013 11:46 pm 

MANILA, May 3 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that they expect glitches during the conduct of the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in preparation for the May 13 midterm polls..

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes noted that if there were no problems encountered during the process that would make them more worried.

“There will always be problems. Hindi naman pwede ma perfect yang FTS dahil kapag walang naging problema, kakabahan na ako. Kapag na perfect yan ibig sabihin parang naluto yan…there has to be some deficiencies,” he explained.

On Thursday, the FTS at the P. Villanueva Elementary School in Pasay City was marred with several glitches including the PCOS machine that malfunctioned.

There was also report that one machine read an unshaded circle marked with an "x" by the voter.

But the poll body chief explained that an “x” mark, will still be recognized by the machine if it was able to meet the marking threshold.

“Basta umabot sa threshold at may tatamaan dun sa oval bibilangin yun,” he said.

Brillantes added that is the reason why they are not disclosing the threshold for the May 13 polls to encourage the public to properly shade the ovals in the ballot.

“We want to ensure na yung voters maganda ang pagka shade. Kapag alam nila ang threshold baka tamarin na yan at kung ano nalang ang ilagay,” he added.

Brillantes earlier stated that they are not expecting to encounter problems on the compact flash (CF) cards during the FTS as they have already taken steps to prevent what had happened in the 2010 polls, wherein the cards were found to have been misconfigured.

It was during the FTS when they discovered that defective cards which prompted the Comelec and service provider, Smartmatic – TIM Corporation, to replace all the close to 80,000 memory cards nationwide with only days left before Election Day. (PNA)

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