Editorial: Poll glitches-A A +A
Sunday, February 3, 2013
A NATIONWIDE mock election was held in 10 selected areas of the country last Saturday, which, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Sixto Brillantes, aims to check the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and determine at this early the possible glitches that might occur during the actual elections in May.
In Cagayan de Oro, one hitch that occurred was the delayed transmission of election results to the national server which, according to Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca, was due to the low signal or slow internet connection.
In Quezon City, the password of the chair of the Board of Election Inspector was repeatedly rejected by the PCOS machine during initialization.
Unexpected things may happen during the actual elections like low signal as what happened in Cagayan de Oro which would delay the transmission of election results; or brownout might occur, or worse, a repeat of the dumping of election paraphernalia in Cagayan de Oro similar to what happened in 2010.
But Padaca said the Comelec is set to meet with the different telecommunication companies to get their commitment that low signal or slow internet connection would be avoided during the actual election.
She also assured that Comelec will make sure that the dumping of election paraphernalia at the city's landfill would be avoided since the documents would be heavily guarded.
Earlier, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines assured there would be no power interruption during and after the elections.
All these are just an assurance aimed at giving the public reasons not to think negative about the upcoming elections.
But ever since, the country's elections has been tainted with so many issues like vote buying, harassment, even murder of political candidates, and in 2010, the controversial dumping of election paraphernalia, done even with the so-called computerization. As the election process goes hi-tech, and so are the candidates who would do all things illegal just to win.
It is still too early to tell that this year's elections would still be marred by all these negative issues. But we hope Comelec and other stakeholders can make the May elections print a special page in our history for being the most peaceful and honest elections in the country.
A wishful thinking, perhaps?
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 04, 2013.