House panel tests PCOS in mock poll

By Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2012 03:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2012 04:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives  Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms on Tuesday conducted a mock election to test the veracity and accuracy of the precinct count optical scan machines that will be used for the 2013 elections. 

One thousand mock ballots were distributed to House employees, congressmen and other volunteers for them to fill up the mock ballots to be read by the PCOS machine. 

Committee chairman Elpidio Barzaga said the purpose of the mock elections is to test whether the PCOS machine can accurately read people's votes.  He said they will come up with their assessment later based on the results of the mock elections. 

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone believes there is nothing wrong with the PCOS machines as proven by the last elections but what he fears is the disenfranchisement of voters.

He noted that the Commission on Elections is assigning one PCOS machine for 3 barangays or more or less 1 PCOS per 800 to 1,000 voters.

He said the Comelec needs to acquire more PCOS machines to lessen the time a voter can vote.  He noted that during last elections, a lot of voters did not vote because of the long wait and queues at polling percents.