Signal jammers not a problem in May polls - Comelec

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 24 2013 03:16 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2013 11:16 PM

MANILA - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes doesn't think that signal jammers will cause serious havoc in the automated midterm elections.

He said the poll body has laid out contingency measures to address problems that may come up on Election Day.

The poll body is scheduled to do a final transmission test on May 2, while the final testing and sealing of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines at the precincts will be on May 6.

Brillantes said the poll body has the so-called Broadband Global Area Network that will help transmit election results in areas where there may be signal problems.

He also thinks that there has to be a substantial number of signal jammers in a substantial number of areas for the election to be disrupted.

Brillantes said the possible use of jammers won’t be part of the transmission test. "Nineteen days before election wala kaming makikita nang hindrance to the success of the election.”

Comelec Resolution 9670 allows the final testing and sealing of the PCOS machines in municipal buildings instead of the voting precincts in some areas.

This was in response to requests from field officials of the Comelec, who said some voting centers are far away.

Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said these are mostly in the region 6 provinces.