Comelec: 18,000 PCOS had signal trouble

Posted at 05/23/13 7:39 PM

MANILA – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes admitted that about 24% of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines experienced signal problems, thus preventing the timely transmission of results in the May 13 elections.

Brillantes also admitted that problems with CF cards of the PCOS machines also delayed transmission, but he said this problem was not as bad as the signal problems.

Brillantes clarified his earlier announcement on dzMM that about 18,000 or 24% of the PCOS machines had transmission problems, saying these problems were mostly because of signal problems and not CF cards.

He maintained that the telecommunication companies do not have nationwide coverage. 

"Mayroong areas na walang signal, ‘di natin sasabihin saan. Alam naming walang signal even before elections but we didn't announce to the public. We will announce it, ‘di ko pa sigurado, more or less 25% of the country walang signal,” he said.

Brillantes, however, noted that he's not blaming the telecommunication companies.

Smartmatic supplied the CF cards for the election at a cost of over P100 million.

"Initially, may problema ang CF cards, may corrupted CF cards pero ‘di kasingdami ng sinasabi na 18,000," he said.

Brillantes also explained that transmissions from the PCOS machines to the transparency and central servers were delayed because of network congestion.