Comelec conducts nationwide mock polls

Posted at Feb 02 2013 11:36 AM | Updated as of Feb 02 2013 07:36 PM

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MANILA, Philippines -- Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes visited the polling precinct in Barangay UP Campus Saturday morning, marking the start of the mock elections in selected precincts nationwide.

The mock polls started at 7 a.m. But in UP, where they are expecting over 800 voters, poll workers still had to fix a technical glitch in the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine.

In Manila, meanwhile, two PCOS machines have been set up for 50 expected voters.

Over 2,500 voters are expected to join today's mock elections meant to give Comelec a preview of the actual elections in May.

Voter turnout as of 8 a.m., however, was thin.

The Comelec will conduct a random audit at the close of the polls at 7 p.m. in UP and 10 a.m. in other areas.

The ballots will be counted manually to make sure they match the PCOS count.

Brillantes said there might be another round of mock elections depending on today's outcome.

ANC Headlines, February 2, 2013