MANILA -- The poll body is ready to address the concerns aired by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said.

The CBCP, in its pastoral statement released Sunday, called in Filipinos to keep a watchful eye on the electoral process and the implementation of the new automated election system (AES).

“At this late hour there are still many questions regarding the AES that revolve around the readiness of personnel and equipment as well as the readiness of the electorate in the use of the system,” the statement read.

CBCP called on each and every citizen to help in voters' education regarding the new system and the use of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Larrazabal said the concerns of the CBCP are being addressed and the poll body will be submitting to them a report to explain the solutions.

He shared that the commission was already invited by the bishops' organization last week and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already updated them on the upcoming elections.

“There were some concerns that are expected and would be expected but these are being addressed. What's important is that we were able to show them the updates and we opened the lines of communication,” the commissioner said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)