Comelec may be forced to recycle PCOS machines


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will have to make do with the old Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines used in the 2016 presidential polls if the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms does not provide the necessary budget.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Thursday said the poll body needs to acquire brand new Optical Mark Reader (OMR) counting machine hardware for 2016.

Brillantes added that he is no longer sure if the old PCOS machines can still deliver “100 percent accuracy” after they were used in the 2010 presidential and 2013 senatorial elections.

The machines are stored in a fully air-conditioned room, which the poll body is renting for P1 million a month.

Recently, Brillantes told the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms that Comelec needs P18 billion for the 2016 polls. Ten-billion pesos will be for the purchase of the OMR system, and the balance for other equipment and software.

If the House panel approved Brillantes’ request, Comelc could sell the old machines to some other countries that hold automated elections.

In the 2013 polls, the Comelec Advisory Council has recommended the Comelec to switch to the OMR system.


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  1. Huwag na sana tayo paloloko na ibalewala na lang ang sekyuridad ng mga PCOS machines. Walang saysay ang ating pagboto kung ang lalabas na resulta ng mga boto sa PCOS machines ay namanipula na ng mga taong humahawak nito na may intensiyon na dayain ang resulta ng mga boto. Mahalaga na tayo ay makialam at tayo ay manindigan at huwag hahayaan na lang ang COMELEC na mag proklama ng mga nanalong kandidato sa resulta ng PCOS machines kung ang sekuridad ng PCOS machines ay nabalewala ng COMELEC. Sana ay tandaan natin ito sa darating na eleksiyon 2016 na importante sa kapakanan ng ating bayan.

    • Saludo ako sa inyong mga sinabi na karapatdapat tuwing eleksyon na lahat ng Pilipino ay maging mapagsuri sa resulta ng eleksyon at dapat bawat kampo ng kandidato ay parehong merong abogado na legal representative to validate the election results bago eproklama kung sino ang nanalo At sa bawat precinct , bawal ang mga istambay na namimili ng boto at mismong sa araw ng eleksyon malinis ang paligid at nakalinya para siguridad ng mga Pilipinong bubuto at ang pwedeng bumuto ay may ID to prove that he is a registered Filipino citizen and it’s should match the registration of Comelec, otherwise they shld not be allowed to vote.

  2. Buying a new PCOS/optical scan machine that costs billions of pesos will just be another burden and unreasonable taxpayers expenses( just to ensure dependable election results), in addition to many unjustified gov’t expenses the taxpayers already lost from the ongoing PDAF “napoles ” scam and illegal “DAP” and kangaroo court Impeachment proceedings , which altogether those funds could have been used in creating jobs for many unemployed Filipinos ,funding for Yolanda victims and rehabilitation of gov’t owned hospitals necessary for healthcare of majority poor all thru out the Philippines.and modernization of weather bureau/ forecast in alerting people from any incoming disasters as floods , tsunami ,typhoon , earthquake, volcanic eruptions ,many other calamities which Phl is geographically known for and prone to.. In the end it is the Comelec transparency that matters most.