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No decision yet on fate of PCOS–Comelec

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Precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine. FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections on Tuesday clarified that it has not yet decided whether or not to replace the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the 2016 polls.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Comelec mulls over sale of PCOS machines

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Precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine. FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may sell its vaunted automated voting machines should it opt to switch to newer technology for the 2016 presidential polls.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Comelec still owes P180M for PCOS machines

Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) still owes election technology provider Smartmatic International some P180 million, seven months after the midterm polls.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

3 more party-listers may be proclaimed

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Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes: No basis. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Three more winning party-list organizations may be proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in time for the opening of the 16th Congress on July 22.

Posted: July 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Group sues PPCRV, poll execs over PCOS flaws

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A voter’s rights advocacy coalition has included the head of a Church-backed election watchdog in a complaint filed with the Ombudsman alleging the failure of electoral officials to implement anticheating measures.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

99.97% PCOS accuracy ‘practically perfect’

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cartoon, june 29, 2013

“Practically perfect.” So said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr., of the 99.9747 percent accuracy rate of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, a rate 0.0203 percent short of the 99.995 percent accuracy rate required by the election body.

Posted: June 29th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Smartmatic: Polls a success; Critics: What about problems?

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Precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine. FILE PHOTO

Technology provider Smartmatic International on Tuesday declared the recent elections in the country a success.

Posted: June 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

More join call for poll probe

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Vice President Jejomar Binay and reelected Senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Francis Escudero are moving behind a call by poll watchdog groups for an inquiry into alleged discrepancies between random manual counts and computerized tallies in the May 13 elections.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Comelec must explain to people, CBCP head says

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A day after discrepancies in the random manual audit of ballots and the computerized tally were revealed, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Wednesday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to address seriously questions on the conduct of the May 13 polls.

Posted: May 30th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Don’t panic, Brillantes says on poll discrepancies

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Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Wednesday downplayed what he earlier said were discrepancies between the results of the initial manual audit of votes in 234 randomly selected precincts and the electronic tallies in the May 13 balloting.

Posted: May 30th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Comelec failed to review source code, says poll watchdog

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A poll watchdog on Tuesday alleged that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in conducting the May 13 automated balloting illegally relied on an official certification of the source code for the computer machines used in the 2010 polling and the aborted 2011 balloting in Mindanao.

Posted: May 29th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Gordon tells Comelec: Don’t remove PCOS

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Senatorial candidate Richard "Dick" Gordon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon and his party, the Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from removing the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that were used in the May 13 elections from the polling precincts where they were stationed for the recent poll exercise.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Brillantes blames telcos anew for failure to transmit results

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Some 18,000 automated machines failed to transmit results to the transparency server of the Commission on Elections, Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Thursday.

Posted: May 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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