Solon asks SC to decide on PCOS purchase

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[/caption] Cagayan de Oro City representative Rufus Rodriguez, author of House Resolution 2487, said the SC has yet to decide on the petitions which unfortunately hamper the ability of the Comelec to start preparations for the coming elections. Rodriguez cited the three separate petitions filed by the Automated Election System-Watch (AES-WATCH), the Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S) and the group of Davao City Archbishop Fernando Capalla questioning the legality of the contract between Comelec and Smartmatic Corporation for the purchase of more than 80,000 PCOS machines for the May 2013 polls. Rodriguez said the High Court should immediately act and rule on the three petitions in order to give Comelec ample time to proceed with their preparations, whether it includes the purchase of the same PCOS machines or go into an alternative for automated elections. “Preparations by the Commission on Elections must already be in place to ensure successful elections in 2013,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said there is less than a year left before the 2013 mid-term elections and about four months before the scheduled filing of certificates of candidacy on October 1 to 5, 2012 for those who will enter the electoral contests next year. The House Committee on Suffrage held a public hearing recently allowing the Smartmatic representatives to demonstrate the capability of the PCOS machine to ensure its accuracy and integrity. The demonstration involved a mock election with 1,000 ballots that were fed into a PCOS machine to determine the machines’ accuracy and reliability. Comelec representatives were on hand to conduct a ‘manual audit’ on the ballots as against the results registered by the PCOS machine. ]]>

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