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As group mulls suit, Comelec gives go-signal on PCOS

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it conducted a ?successful? final testing and sealing (FST) of PCOS machines at a polling precinct in Pasay City on Thursday morning, May 2.

The poll body went ahead with the FST even as civil society group AES Watch announced that it will file a case against the Comelec before the United Nations over the defective PCOS machines, particularly the non-disclosure to the public of its source code.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr witnessed the kick-off of the FTS of the more than 78,000 PCOS machines that will be used all over the country. The testing stage will end on May 6.

Under the law, the Comelec has to conduct the testing and sealing of the PCOS machines at least three days before the election.

The testing only checked the accuracy of the machines, with the board of election inspectors performing the necessary election procedures and protocols.

No transmission of the result was conducted.

Ten ?voters? cast their votes and fed the official ballot to the machine for counting. After the counting, Brillantes ordered a manual count of test ballots.

According to BEI head Geraldine Mayo, the tally of the PCOS machine and manual count matched.

?The PCOS is 100-percent accurate. Lahat ng overvote hindi na-count sa manual. Hindi babasahin ng PCOS yung sobrang boto,” she said.

Brillantes said he is confident that there will be no problems that will be encountered with the machines throughout the country.

“I don?t expect any problem in this precinct and I don?t expect anything throughout the country,? he said. ? with reports from PNA


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