Ballots not accepted by PCOS machine at UP-IS mock polls

Posted at 02/02/13 10:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Ballots of the first three voters during the mock elections held at the University of the Philippines Integrated School in Quezon City Saturday were not accepted by the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine, a radio dzMM report said.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez said the ballots were probably not taken in by the voting machine because they were crumpled.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes also said the test ballots were badly cut.

"Ang pinakanakikita ko nga 'yung balota ang problema dahil 'yung kanyang pinakadulo parang kulot so feeling ko 'di siya makapasok sa loob," Jimenez said.

"Pero kailangan din natin tingnan 'yung buong sistema...'yung makina," he added.

After the PCOS machine had refused to take in the ballots of three voters, Comelec then decided to replace the machine.

Jimenez said if the back-up voting machine again not accepts the ballots of the three voters, they will already ask others to try putting in their ballots.

"Kung ganun ang mangyayari, we will probably ask others to jump the ballot in. Kung okay 'yung iba, 'yung ballot 'yung problema," he said.

Meanwhile, Brillantes clarified that the ballots were not rejected since they did not even go in the PCOS machines.

He said to say the ballots were rejected means they were physically accepted but spat out.

Brillantes said he hopes all defects can be identified now at the mock polls so they can already be cured.

Jimenez also assured that come the actual May 13 mid-term elections, Comelec would not have difficulty finding a replacement for defective PCOS machines.

He said the poll body has over 2,000 spare voting machines across the country.

The Comelec is conducting a full blown mock elections in two barangays in the 4th District of Quezon City: Barangays UP Campus and Bagong Lipunan ng Crame.

The mock poll started at 7 a.m. and will end at 7 p.m. using the actual registered voters in those precincts.

In other areas in Manila and in the provinces, mock polls will end at 10 a.m. -- Reports from Johnson Manabat, dzMM; RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News