Comelec subjects PCOS machines to field tests

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2010 08:42 AM | Updated as of Jan 27 2010 05:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will subject on Wednesday morning precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to field tests in selected areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Gene Gregorio, spokesman of the Smartmatic-TIM, said the field tests will be conducted in 9 voting precincts and 10 canvassing centers in selected areas in Cebu, Benguet, South Cotabato, Naga City and Pateros-Taguig.

Gregorio said the field tests will be done in private or in the presence of poll officials and members of the Comelec's advisory council only.

He said the field tests will be conducted from 7 a.m. to noon. He added that the Comelec is expected to make an announcement about the results of the tests.

The Comelec earlier clarified that the field tests will be done internally because they would be testing the security functions of the automated system.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, head of the poll automation steering committee, said at least 10 voting machines will be involved in the field tests.

Larrazabal had also clarified that the Comelec is not actually testing the voting machines, but the whole automated election system.

"This is the end-to-end testing of the whole automation system. It's not the number of machines, it's the system that is being tested now," he said.

He said they expect all 82,000 machines to be delivered on February 21 as promised by the Smarmatic-TIM.

Mock elections will also be held on February 6. A selected number of registered voters will be asked to participate in the machines “ultimate” testing, the Comelec said.