Brillantes dispels 2013 polls doomsday scenario

Posted at 10/15/12 4:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes, on Monday, dispelled fears of a doomsday scenario through the failure of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in the 2013 mid-term elections.

Brillantes called on watchdogs AES Watch and former poll commissioner Gus Lagman not to cause undue panic and instead verify their facts first.

"Sana hindi gumagawa ng statement na di vine-verify facts. They should coordinate with us so we can clarify for them,” he said.

This is after Lagman and AES Watch sounded the alarm last Friday that the PCOS machines may be inoperable because of the termination of supplier Smartmatic’s software license agreement with provider, Dominion.

The 2 companies are engaged in a lawsuit in the US state of Delaware.

Brillantes said the only possible effect of this dispute is in the enhancements the Comelec wants for the 2013 elections. The poll chief said the poll body is also negotiating for the source code certification of the PCOS machines.

Brillantes said he will alert the public if there is a reason to panic over the Smartmatic-Dominion dispute.

Lagman joined watchdog AESWatch in saying the 2013 elections may be doomed after Smartmatic filed a case against Dominion, the owner of the PCOS machine technology used by Smartmatic in automating the 2010 national elections.