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Final testing, sealing of PCOS machines May 10

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BACOLOD City — The final testing and sealing of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines has been set on May 10, Provincial Election Supervisor Wil Arceño said.

In fact, the activity has been moved from the original schedule on May 6.

This was after the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines requested for a shorter time to secure the machines before they are shipped to local treasurer’s offices, Arceño said.

Law enforcers would usually look after the equipment for one week, he said.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has finished training PCOS machine technicians to be assigned to Negros Occidental during the May 13 polls.

Arceño said he will soon meet with the Board of Election Inspectors and Canvassers to discuss final instructions on the canvassing of votes and other directives from the Comelec national office.

A total of 980 PCOS machines have arrived in Negros Occidental over the weekend. More will arrive this week to complete the 2,043 expected machines.

The PCOS machines and the ballots will be stored in an undisclosed warehouse, with security guards, for safekeeping, and will be turned over to city and municipal treasurer’s offices — custodians of the election paraphernalia — a few days before May 13.

Each machine comes with its own final testing and sealing kit, Arceño said.

The final testing and sealing simulates the election day scenarios of feeding ballots into the machine and checking if the machine counts and transmits the correct results to the consolidation and canvassing system, he said./PN