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.