Comelec bars use of PNP, AFP vehicles in transporting PCOS machines, paraphernalia

April 27, 2010 8:06 pm 

MANILA, April 27 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not allow the use of police and military vehicles in transporting election paraphernalia before and after the May 10 national and local polls.

Based on Comelec Resolution 8823, election paraphernalia, including the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, ballot boxes and official ballots, cannot be transported to and from polling centers using said vehicles.

However, the Comelec said exemptions can be had especially in “extreme cases”.

“PNP and AFP vehicles shall not be used during the transport of PCOS machines, accessories, official ballots and other election paraphernalia unless, on extreme cases, directed in writing by the concerned Comelec official who has jurisdiction of the area where the emergency happened or occurred,” said the poll body in a three-page resolution.

Likewise, the commission bars PNP and AFP personnel from handling any election paraphernalia and forms under any circumstances.

On the other hand, the authorities will be in–charge of providing security to the PCOS machines, accessories, and official ballots and other election paraphernalia while in transit.

Meanwhile, the Comelec asked the local government units (LGUs) to provide the municipal/city/provincial board of canvassers LCD projectors, for the public to be able to see real-time results of the polls.

In a two-page resolution, the Comelec en banc has invoked its power to utilize the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to perform election-related duties for the scheduled polls.

“This Resolution requests the LGUs, through the DILG, to provide/make provisions for LCD projectors for each Municipal/City/Provincial/District Board of Canvassers within their respective territorial jurisdiction, to display/project the contents of the CCS laptop during the canvassing of election results in connection with the May 10 National and Local Elections,” said Comelec Resolution 8825.

The Consolidation Canvassing System (CCS) laptops will be receiving election results from different polling precincts as soon as voting period ends.

“To facilitate the widest coverage and bolster the transparency of the canvassing of election results, there is a need to encourage the use of LCD projectors to display the contents of the CCS laptop during the canvassing,” the Comelec said.

Several groups, including members of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee and civil society groups, had previously requested the Comelec to provide projectors so that the results of the elections can be flashed before the public. (PNA)

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