Comelec says it’s all systems go

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—It’s all systems go for the 2013 automated elections, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes said they were practically done with all the preparations for the May 13 polls.

“We don’t want to boast but we are practically finished with our local preparations. We are already in the implementation stage,” Brillantes told reporters Friday during an inspection at the Comelec’s Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) assembly facility in Cabuyao, Laguna.

The PCOS assembly facility in Cabuyao is where the PCOS machines for the 2013 May elections are being configured and tested.

“We are already through with the ballot boxes, the ballots and we are already winding up with our preparations here,” he added.

The Comelec chief said he expected to finish the deployment of the PCOS machines by the end of the month.

“Our target is on or before April 30, all of the PCOS should be out of this warehouse. That’s one week before the scheduled final testing and sealing on May 6. By that time all the PCOS should be deployed in all the clustered precincts,” he said.

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  • Loggnat

    What good are all those preparation without the permission to use the source code from the company who owns it?

  • disqusted0fu

    The Comelec says what?! Brillantes forgot one thing, and that one thing possibly being the most important… He forgot to get the PCOS machines fixed. The PCOS machines malfunctioned in 2010 and repeated its performance earlier this year during the mock elections. How can you boast that you’re all systems go when perhaps the most important piece of the elections is still defective and missing its source code???

  • JasonBieber

    It’s amazing how the Comelec completely forgot about the fact that their practice runs testing out the PCOS machines have been failures. The acquiring the source codes are still an open issue and the machines are spitting out the ballots so to state that all systems is a go is a shocking statement.

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