Transmission glitch mars PCOS test in Cebu

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2010 11:14 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2010 09:58 AM

CEBU, Philippines - With 13 days remaining before the start of the country's first automated elections, transmission problems hounded the testing of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines here.

Testing of the machines started last Sunday.

Lawyer Lionel Marco Castillano of the Commission on Elections provincial office said PCOS machines in 5 towns in Southern Cebu still cannot transmit their data reliably to the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBC).

Despite the problems, Castillano remained confident that all their systems will be working properly by May 10.

“This can’t be perfect this time, but we have made recommendations to address this problem,” Castillano said.

Castillano added that some of the technicians who were supposed to assist members of the PBC in operating the Canvassing Consolidating System (CCS) were not familiar on how to use it.

“To be frank..there are some CCS technicians who are not well versed with the system," Castillano said. "I'm recommending them for retraining. There's only a few of them."

If the transmission problem persists, Castillano said they will store a copy of the election returns in a CD, which will then be hand-delivered to the PBC.

The Comelec office here has been distributing voter information sheets and sample ballots to teach barangay residents here how to use the PCOS machines -- report from RENO T. TALLADA, ABS-CBN Central Visayas