THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in Hong Kong and Singapore were required to print status reports daily from April 10 to May 10, the scheduled date of voting for the overseas absentee voting (OAV).

Comelec Resolution 8806, the commission en banc has the Special Board of Elections Inspectors (SBEIs) are required to retrieve a status report from the machines at the end of voting each day.

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The report shows the number of voters who actually voted and the number of valid ballots counted by the PCOS machine.

The SBEIs are likewise required to count and record the number of unused ballots in the precinct.

The documents are going to be placed in the Election Materials Box with a masking tape and the members of the SBEI affixing their signatures along with the unused ballots, ballot secrecy folders, envelopes containing keys to the ballot boxes, marking pens etc.

"The PCOS and ballot box shall remain inside the polling place properly secured, for use in the succeeding days until May 10, 2010," the resolution said.

On the next voting day, upon opening again of the machines, the SBEIs are required to print a status report of their voting machine for comparative purposes.

"Compare the number of valid ballots cast in the Status Report with that as recorded," said the resolution.

The automated polls will be implemented in Hong Kong and Singapore for having the most numbers of overseas workers while the other countries will use the manual system - via personal or mail voting.

The voting of the OAV will start one month ahead of the elections in the country. They will be voting for the positions of president, vice president and senators.

The voting process will end on May 10, 2010 at 6 p.m. (Manila Time). (FP/Sunnex)