PCOS test results now "perfect," SC orders Comelec to be transparent

The Commission on Elections Chair Jose Melo announced on May 6 that the test results of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines are "perfect," reports Inquirer.net. Just a few days ago, the PCOS incorrectly read ballots because of the wrong configuration of the compact flash (CF) cards, which were recalled.

It was in three Makati City precincts that the testing and sealing of the PCOS were assessed as 100 percent accurate. The PCOS test results in Baclaran, Parañaque City were reportedly successful as well, reports Manila Bulletin.

"Now I am again smiling… It seems that our prayers have been answered," Melo said, referring to an ecumenical service led by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales on May 5.

Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) president, Cesar Flores, said that the configuration and delivery of the CF cards are "better than expected." He added, "We have more than 35,000 cards configured and we just received confirmation that testing and sealing have started." Delivery of the new CF cards is expected to be done by this weekend.

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Though the automated voting crisis seems to have been averted, the Supreme Court ordered the Comelec to disclose "the complete details of its preparations… given the alarming developments of late in the run-up to the May 10 2010 elections," as stated in a 20-page resolution released on May 6.

The details to be revealed include the nature and security of the hardware and software components, the source code and the terms and protocols of the random manual audit, reports GMANews.tv.


The Comelec did not object to the resolution; Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said they have been transparent from the very start, reports Saksi.

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