Comelec answers Kontra Daya concerns

Posted at Feb 04 2013 05:53 PM | Updated as of Feb 05 2013 01:53 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Monday addressed some of the concerns of poll watchdog Kontra Daya over the automated election system.

Jimenez admitted that during the mock polls, weak signal strength could affect transmission of the data. To solve this, he said Comelec will have to use a VSAT device to bounce the signals through satellites.

"We dont have control over the signal per se. We don't have contol over that but we can boost our capability to send transmission," he said.

The spokesman said that with 76,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines deployed on Election Day "it is impossible to say that none of them will have zero problems."

He said the Comelec has contingency measures of the machines reject ballots or the thermal paper.

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