AS filing of certificates of candidacy (CoCs) for the May 2010 elections ended, COMELEC’s preparations for the automated election system now go into high gear.
Camiguin Provincial Election Supervisor Stalin A. Baguio said the new machines are easy to use nevertheless they have to ensure that people down the barangay level will be well-informed on the process.
For Camiguin, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will use the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS), an optical ballot scanner, into which optical scan paper ballots marked by hand by the voter are inserted to be counted.
“People might think this is difficult to use especially those who are not familiar in operating computers. Actually it’s only the counting process that has been automated with PCOS. Entries on the ballots are done manually,” said Atty. Baguio.
According to COMELEC, they will provide one (1) PCOS for every barangay in the province.
Seven (7) precincts not exceeding to 1,000 voters are to be clustered into one (1) precinct and will still be assisted by three (3) board of election inspectors.
PCOS are equipped with a 12-hour back up power in case of brownouts but for some unpredictable circumstances that may prevent the use of PCOS all voting stations may shift on manual counting.
Baguio added that the new machines are expected to be delivered January next year.
Meanwhile, Camiguin Provincial COMELEC’s latest report shows a total number of 55,003 qualified voters listed under 367 established precincts and 94 clustered precincts. (Mahinog IO with reports from Jorie C. Valcorza, PIA)