It should only take 10 minutes to vote: Comelec

Posted at 02/06/13 4:52 PM

MANILA - A time and motion study of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) shows that voters will take an average of ten minutes to vote on election day.

Based on a study, Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino said voters may take as short as five minutes to as long as 25 minutes to vote.

Each precinct has an average of 600 voters, with some having 1000 voters.

With each precinct able to accommodate 10-12 voters at a time, it is believed that the 12-hour voting schedule provided by Comelec will be enough to let all voters vote.

Tolentino assured the public and lawmakers today that the poll body is on track in its preparations.

He also presented the enhancements to the automated election system, among them:

  • automatic creation of precinct results and transmission once voting closes;
  • re-zero function where everything is deleted except logs and configuration date. It limits the specific number of re-zeroes that can be done. Once that's maxed out, no further re-zeroing can be done;
  • accurately reflect user in the log of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines if the user is a member of the board of election inspectors (BEIs), poll clerk or member based on the PINS given;
  • physical port has been sealed to avoid unauthorized access to the system;
  • PCOS prompts BEIs to verify time upon start up;
  • during generation of ballot PDF, a tool is provided to verify if ovals are in the right coordinates;
  • gives the option to transmit results to next level of canvassing either per position or for all the higher level positions if there are conflicts in some positions;
  • provides monitoring tallies of the results received either through transmission or manual;
  • set threshold functionality based on number of voters not yet transmitted;

Tolentino also said they are on track regarding the procurement of requirements for the elections.

He also said the deployment of election paraphernalia begins March 15 and will end May 8, with final sealing and testing scheduled on May 6.