Comelec eyes sale of 81,000 PCOS machines

By Mayen Jaymalin, The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 27 2015 09:33 AM | Updated as of Apr 27 2015 05:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The 81,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines may soon be up for sale.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking into the possibility of selling the PCOS machines once there are replacements for the old voting equipment.

“If we arrive at a situation that the PCOS machines will no longer be refurbished, the Comelec intends to sell them,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said yesterday.

Jimenez said the PCOS machines are now undergoing assessment in order for the Comelec to have a good idea of the value of the machines.

“If we cannot use the machines anymore, at least we can recover value from it,” he said.

Jimenez said the Comelec is studying whether to sell the PCOS as a system or chop them into several parts first before selling them as scrap.

According to Jimenez, the Comelec initially thought of selling the PCOS units last year but eventually junked the idea and opted to repair and reuse them for the 2016 elections.

Among the countries being considered as possible buyers of the machines are Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Jimenez said Commission on Audit (COA) rules allows the Comelec to dispose of the PCOS units by chopping and selling its parts.

“As allowed by the COA rules you are going to scrap it for parts so you can retrieve value from it. We can actually do that legally because of the rules on depreciation,” he explained.

Jimenez though admitted that profit from sale of chopped parts of PCOS would be measly.

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