Comelec reveals that poor signals has slowed down the transmission of results

May 14, 2013 10:11 pm 

MANILA, May 14 — Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes revealed on Tuesday that the reason why the transmission of results has slowed down is due to the poor telecommunication signals in some areas.

He explained that the weak signals prevents the speedy transmission of electronic results to the Comelec central and the transparency servers.

“There are areas where there are no signals… Kukunin mo ang CF (compact flash) card, ibabyahe sa munisipyo, sa munisipyo pa ita-transmit. So may nawawalang isa o dalawang oras. Hindi naman konti ito kaya medyo nade-delay,” Brillantes said.

However, he refused to identify the areas that have poor signals.

The poll chief noted that contingency measures have been implemented in these areas including the use of the Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) or the very small aperture terminal (VSAT).

On the other hand, he reported that 250 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines malfunctioned on Election Day, which is lower that 450 machines that did not function in 2010.

“I don’t think it will reach 300 (malfunctioning PCOS) any more,” Brillantes added.

Meanwhile, he also reported that initial voter-turnout figures showed that 75 percent of the 52,014,648 registered voters nationwide participated in the May 13 midterm polls.

Brillantes added that the number is similar to those who exercised their right to suffrage three years ago. (PNA)



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