Malfunctioning PCOS machines cause Comelec to stop poll testing

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has decided to cancel the testing and sealing of other Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines after some of them malfunctioned during tests done Monday, May 3, reports GMAnews.TV.

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Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told GMANews.TV in a phone interview that the Comelec decided to cancel tests at midnight last Monday after reports came in that some of the PCOS machines being tested in Makati, Muntinlupa, Pateros, Batangas, and Mindoro had malfunctioned. Some machines counted votes for those not even marked on ballots while others failed to transmit election results.

Jimenez said that the primary reason for the cancellation of the testing were the "glitches" experienced by the PCOS units. He said that this was a good thing as they will be able to remedy the problem on time. Jimenez, however, refused to elaborate and said that the Comelec will hold a press conference later today.

Fifteen thousand PCOS machines were supposed to be tested this Tuesday, May 4. The PCOS machines are scheduled for testing and sealing three to seven days before election day (May 10) to ensure that they're in good working condition. The Board of Election Inspectors, comprised mostly of teachers, are expected to test 10 pre-shaded ballots and see whether the PCOS unit will be able to read the votes.

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