Brillantes: 'X' on ballot may be counted

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 04 2013 12:03 AM | Updated as of May 04 2013 08:03 AM

Twits media for 'wrong assessment'

MANILA - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Friday criticized a TV news report saying that an "x" mark on ballot ovals should not have been read by a precinct-count optical scan (PCOS) machine.

The report was based on the conduct of the final testing and sealing of PCOS machines in Pasay City on Thursday.

"Rejection of ballots gaya ng sinasabi ng reporter na 'x' 'di dapat binasa, malaking mali yun. That's wrong assessment," Brillantes said.

Pressed for the acceptable threshold for shading ovals on ballots on election day, Brillantes said, "may threshold lower than 50%. Pag umabot sa threshold at may tatamaan sa oval, bibilangin 'yun."

Brillantes, however, declined to specify the threshold, saying they want voters to learn to shade ovals well.

"We want voters to ensure maganda pagkaka-shade kasi.  Kung alam threshold, baka tamarin. We want to make sure na tama pagkaka-shade," he said.

The final testing and sealing of PCOS machines will continue on May 4, 6, 8 and 10 at all precincts nationwide.

Brillantes said he doesn't expect the final testing and sealing (FTS) process to be perfect, adding he expects a few problems.

"There will always be problems. Di naman puwede ma-perfect FTS. Pag na-perfect, kakabahan na ako. Pag na-perfect, parang naluto iyan. There will be glitches and deficiencies," he said.

"'Di mangyayari (gaya) nung 2010, wala kang makikitang misalignments," Brillantes said, referring to the last-minute recall of CF cards in 2010 due to glitches found during the final testing and sealing.

The automated elections law doesn't specify how many times the machines must be tested prior to election day. It merely requires a final testing.