Written By Real Kevin Jay on Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 8:31 PM
CRITICS of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) units have been asked to rally behind the Commission on Elections (Comelec) if their doubts on the system will be proven wrong during the final testing and sealing of these machines.
“If everything turns out right or no major glitches occurred during such testing, these IT experts and critics of PCOS should be honest enough to admit their wrong impression or analysis of the PCOS,” said lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who called it a fair challenge to those against the re-use of the 82,000 PCOS machines.
By Monday, Comelec said majority of the 77,829 clustered precincts spread in 36,772 voting centers nationwide are expected to complete their final testing and sealing already.
The testing started last Thursday with few glitches in some precincts.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes had said they do not expect major problems attending the final testing and sealing since they have already taken several steps to prevent a repeat of problems encountered in the 2010 presidential elections.
Compact flash (CF) cards were found to had been misconfigured in the 2010 polls, prompting the Comelec and service provider, Smartmatic–TIM Corporation, to replace all the close to 80,000 CF cards nationwide with only a week left before Election Day.
Malacanang also expressed trust to the Comelec that it could carry out its mandate of holding orderly and honest midterm polls on May 13.
"Hopefully, any minor glitches that are being encountered in the preparations can be addressed immediately by the Comelec," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over Radyo ng Bayan.
On the part of the executive branch, Valte assured that the agencies under it, as mandated by the Constitution, will provide the support that the Comelec needs.
She said the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have deputized their personnel to assist the poll body.
Brillantes called on the public to join the poll body in praying for the success of the FTS and the May 13 polls.(HDT/Sunnex)