THE commission en banc of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has adopted a recommendation of the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) to use a mixed automated election system (AES) in the 2016 polls.
A reliable source from the Comelec said the poll body has agreed to reuse the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and to purchase another voting technology as recommended by the CAC.
The source, however, clarified that they have not totally adopted the CAC’s recommendation.
“In principle, it has been decided to use the mixed technology. It is not a total adoption but we are basically following the CAC recommendation, although there will be some modifications,” he said.
The source added that they will still use the PCOS machines but that the poll body will also look for a second technology that will be acquired through public bidding.
“The basic criterion that we will ensure for the second technology is that it should be compatible with our PCOS machines,” he said.
CAC chairman Louis Napoleon Casambre recently said the Comelec should “seriously consider the use of multiple or mixed technologies to promote inter-operability and encourage innovative solutions.”
Among the technologies that the CAC has recommended are the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) system and the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE), as secondary technology.