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UNA to Comelec: Don’t use old PCOS machines

Posted On 2014 Feb 11
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino fills up a ballot during midterm elections in his hometown in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac in northern Philippines May 13, 2013 in this handout provided by the Malacanang Presidential Palace. More than 50 million Filipinos will cast their votes for a new set of lawmakers and local officials on Monday, a referendum of sorts halfway through the six-year term of Philippine President Benigno Aquino who tackled corruption and restored business confidence that led to credit-rating upgrades.  (MNS photo)

Philippine President Benigno Aquino fills up a ballot during midterm elections in his hometown in Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac in northern Philippines May 13, 2013 in this handout provided by the Malacanang Presidential Palace. More than 50 million Filipinos will cast their votes for a new set of lawmakers and local officials on Monday, a referendum of sorts halfway through the six-year term of Philippine President Benigno Aquino who tackled corruption and restored business confidence that led to credit-rating upgrades. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to use anymore the 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the coming elections.

“If uncertainty is the only certainty there is for Comelec, then we are doomed. It’s about time that we start clean and purchase new machines with a new, more reliable and dependable system that can correctly count,” UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco said.

Tiangco was reacting to reports that Comelec is mulling to use anew the Smartmatic system.

He said, however, that no less than Comelec spokesman James Jimenez already admitted concerns on the hardware condition of the system.

The UNA official said there are doubts about the accuracy of the PCOS machine counts.

He urged the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC), which is tasked in evaluating the PCOS machines, to dump the allegedly flawed PCOS technology so as not to undermine the integrity of the democratic elections in the future.

He said Comelec should be reminded of the issues of the supposed “60-30-10 pattern”, the black markings, the missing source codes and other technical glitches during the May 2013 elections. (MNS)

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