Comelec delays PCOS, ballot configuration

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 09 2013 05:39 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2013 06:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections will delay till January 15 the configuration of ballots and precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the 2013 elections to accommodate the Supreme Court's possible rulings on the disqualification cases against some party-list groups.

Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. noted that configuration is originally set to begin this Friday, January 11, 2013.

Noting a statement from the High Court to rule on the cases by January 22, Brillantes said he conferred with the poll body's information technology department to check if they can wait for the High Court's ruling.

Configuration is the process of designing the ballots that will be used for the 2013 voting.

Under the automated election system, candidates' names are printed on the ballot for voters to shade depending on their picks.

Brillantes noted that unless directed by the High Court, the poll body will not print on the ballot the names of party-list applicants who have sought relief before the high court after being disqualified by the Comelec.

He found out from the IT department that the longest they can wait is January 15.

“That will not help us any kung yun maximum wala na kami magagawa but at least we can settle nuisance sa local, which we will settle now,” he said.

Brillantes noted that after the High Court failed to issue an order yesterday to include some 13 groups who have sought relief from the SC, the groups have been effectively shut out of the elections.

"Wala na, effectively out na yun. Sa amin, wala. Okay lang kaya nga di na nakapasok iba pag sinabi SC ipasok ipapasok namin,” he said.