OFWs in the Middle East to use PCOS machines-A A +A
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
FILIPINOS in the Middle East are set to use the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the first time in the May 2013 elections, a poll body official said Wednesday.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said they decided to increase the number of areas that will be using the automated election system (AES) owing to the success in 2010.
These are Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Riyadh, and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
Tagle, chair of the committee on overseas absentee voting, said they were chosen because of the favorable situation offered to the PCOS machines in the said areas.
“These posts were chosen as they have more than 20,000 registered voters, has a compact territory, and has implemented personal voting in 2010,” he said.
Comelec records show there are 21,418 registered voters in Abu Dhabi; 42,454 in Jeddah; 28,458 in Kuwait; 30,513 in Dubai; and 62,509 in Riyadh.
They will be added to the two other areas that already used the counting machines in the 2010 polls, namely, Hong Kong and Singapore, he said.
There are 101,483 registered voters in Hong Kong and 36,323 in Singapore.
In other countries, Filipinos can cast their votes through mail or by personally going to designated precincts before and during the elections. (HDT/Sunnex)