Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Friday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to discard the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the past two national and local elections, and look for newer and more reliable technology for the 2016 polls.
“YESTERDAY (Friday), Comelec Chair Sixto Brilliantes Jr. was quoted by media as saying that about 18,000 or 25 percent out of the 78,000 PCOS were unable to transmit election returns because (1) these PCOS were deployed in areas that did not have a cellular signal and (2) network congestion or “heavy traffic.”
The country’s two major telecommunications providers have denied claims that weak signals played a major role in the delayed transmission of results in Monday’s elections.
The website of the Commission on Elections bogged down the last few days but the public need not worry as it is not connected to the system to be used on Election Day, a Comelec official said Saturday.
Independent senatorial candidates and those from the minor political parties wound up their campaigns on Saturday by using free social media networks, exhorting their supporters and undecided voters to keep up the fight.