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.
If netizens are to be believed, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Grace Poe, Bam Aquino, Chiz Escudero, Risa Hontiveros and Sonny Angara should win in the senatorial race in the May 13 elections.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. challenged former commissioner Augusto Lagman to a debate regarding the absence of source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.
Former Commission on Elections commissioner Augusto Lagman said Tuesday the act of reviewing the source code of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines is stated in the law, and the failure to review it will deny interested parties the chance to ascertain that the machines counted the votes correctly.
A design and merchandising shop, popular for its Bulacan-oriented fashion line, has joined the campaign for clean elections by marketing anti-“epal” T-shirts.
Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has called on the Commission on Elections to leave the Internet alone, saying this is the only venue where candidates can campaign for free.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released an educational video showing examples of campaign violations and urging the public to report them to the poll body.
There was still no Facebook when former Sen. Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. ran and won a Senate seat in the 1995 senatorial elections but he acknowledged that the social networks had made it easier for candidates to mount a national campaign now.
Makabayan senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño, who has publicly admitted he didn’t have enough money to buy television airtime, has turned to the Internet for his campaign.