Appeal to junk PCOS for 2016 polls rejected


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked an appeal of a non-government organization (NGO) not to use the old Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the May 2016 polls.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Wednesday said they do not have enough funds to replace the 80,000 old PCOS machines, which he described as still credible for the next elections.

He added that the Comelec has issued a resolution adopting the recommendation of the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) to use both old and new election machines for the 2016 presidential polls.

Brillantes said that there is no basis for the NGO Government Watch to claim that the PCOS machines are no longer credible for the next elections.

The NGO has urged the Comelec to abandon its plan to use the old PCOS machines for the 2016 polls and to opt instead for an entirely new Automated Election System or AES.

The Government Watch leader, Raul Concepcion, said cases of discrepancies between results of the physical count of ballots and the voting machines that were found during a recent hearing of the Senate oversight committee were reasons to junk the old PCOS machines.

Brillantes admitted that there are some “deficiencies” with the old machines but said the poll body correcting those minor glitches months before the 2016 polls.


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  1. here we again. gusto lang ng mga kawatan na mandaya sa eleksyon para tuloy ang ligaya nila at di matalo dahil kaya nilang bayaran ang mga kakutsaba sa comelec..hwag natin pabayaan na bumalik tayo sa dating maling gawi. Kailangan natin ituloy ang naumpisahan ni pres. aquino. Hulihin ang mga mandaraya at palitan ang mga political dynasties tulad ng mga BINAY. Lahat na lang ng puesto ng gobyerno sa kanila na napunta. Ang yayabang pa ng mga anak.

  2. Bonifacio Claudio on

    One way to expose the collusion to distort the result of the elections could be gleaned at the videos of the senate’s investigation where senators who threw clarification questions about the reliability of the PCOS machines, were taken for a trip by the representative/s of smartmatic capitalizing on the ignorance of the senators, or who were feigning ignorance, about IT. Then when a female spokesperson ask for the permission to present IT experts present during that hearing to confront smartmatic, Peter Cayetano stood up & talked to the female spokeperson saying, “ano ba ito? Ako na ang bahala rito” or something similar to those lines — then the IT experts were not presented to confront the smartmatic people. WHY?! Review those videos and see for yourselves how they were beating around the bush each time they answer the questions of the senators looking nonchalant. Scripted or not, what transpired during those hearings insults the intelligence of the public viewers who have no way to participate but read/listen to the media releases in journals/TV. The pool of opinion of bloggers against the PCOS machines were unheeded, snubbed, and left as just mute “comments” on those “devil” PCOS machines corrupting the true will of the voting public. These PCOS machines made a farce of the automanted election system.