Comelec down to 2 choices on poll system

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Posted at Aug 04 2015 10:17 AM | Updated as of Aug 04 2015 06:47 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Elections will hold its regular en banc session today.

On ANC's Headstart, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they will discuss options for the 2016 elections.

He reiterated they have ruled out using the hybrid system because it's too tedious and costly.

He said they are now down to two choices - either to go through with direct negotiations for the refurbishments of existing precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines or to proceed with the award of lease of additional optical mark reader (OMR) machines.

"We have 3 criteria. First is cost and the difference between refurbishment and the lease of the new is around 2.4 billion pesos. Second is timeliness because again we are almost nine months away from the elections. We really have to decide. Third is technical risk. What kind of risk are we willing to take in respect of using refurbished machines versus new machines?" he said.

The Comelec will also discuss today the electoral sabotage case filed by former poll commissioner Gus Lagman's group against Smartmatic.

Bautista said they will ask the law department to give recommendations on the issue.

He also said they will ask the law department to give recommendations on the issue.

He also said they would rather move forward.