Comelec to acquire add'l PCOS machines should it decides to use it in 2106 polls

February 24, 2014 7:54 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Feb. 23 (PNA) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it needs to acquire more than 6,000 additional Precincts Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines if it chooses to utilize the latter in the 2016 national and local elections.

The poll body said that it will acquire a total of 6,100 more units since it expects that the number of voters to increase by about four million from the 52 million in 2013.

The Comelec added it would need about 86,100 PCOS units for 56 million registered voters in 2016, at 1,000 voters per clustered precinct per machine.

About 80,000 PCOS units have been purchased by the poll body from Smartmatic International prior to the 2013 midterm polls.

On the other hand, the cost for the additional machines would be at P6.91 billion.

“Mixing old units with the new ones, that would entail the least cost,” said Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino.

It was reported earlier that the Comelec is also looking into the use of the touch screen system called Direct Recording Electronic (DRE).

The DRE will cost about P60.7 billion in order to acquire the necessary 588,000 machines. (PNA)

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