Glitches in final PCOS testing ‘minor’

AT LEAST 23 towns and cities in Cebu reported yesterday that their Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were functioning, on the final day of tests for the equipment.

It was Lapu-Lapu City that first reported to Commission on Elections (Comelec) 7 Director Temie Lambaino that it finished the final testing and sealing without a single glitch.

Comelec Provincial Election Supervisor Eddie Aba said there were not a lot of problems reported elsewhere, but one of the more common ones was that the PCOS machines were busted. There were two each in San Fernando and Bantayan and one problematic PCOS machine each in Compostela and Bogo.

The rest of the cities and municipalities have not yet reported.

As of 5 p.m, 23 local governments had reported 100 percent functionality of the PCOS machines.

In Cebu City’s Abellana National School, the final testing and sealing for the second automated election was delayed because the machines were deployed late.

PCOS machine testing in Cebu
CEBU.  Journalist Flor Gitgano of Sun.Star Cebu casts a sample ballot in the Abellana National School on the final day of testing and sealing of the ballot-scanning machines.  (Alex Badayos)

Also, the PCOS machines accepted ballots that had been “overvoted”
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