PCOS testing in Bacolod successful amid minor glitches

BACOLOD CITY, May 10 (PNA) — The final testing and sealing of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in this city went successful despite the minor glitches encountered during the process Friday.

The most common problem observed is paper jam and the refusal of PCOS machines to accept flawed ballots, according to Acting Bacolod Election Officer Atty. Salud Milagros Villanueva.

“Our PCOS machines are very sensitive. Voters must not tear, fold, cut or roll the ballots if they want their votes cast,” Villanueva said.

Villanueva also reminded the voters that there is no such thing as “extra ballot” in case the PCOS machines reject their ballots.

“Each voter is only entitled to one ballot. Hence, it is very important to be very careful,” she said.

To test the accuracy of PCOS machines during the final testing, Villanueva allowed some poll watchers and journalists present to over vote using the ten sample ballots allotted for each clustered precincts.

The members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) verified the outcome of mock election through manual counting and the results of votes matched with those in the election returns.

But during the actual election on May 13, Villanueva warned voters of over voting for it will make their votes invalid.

Voters this coming election have to vote for 12 senators and one for partylist, congressman, governor, vice governor, mayor, and vice mayor.

Twelve votes are allowed for city/municipal councilors and two votes for provincial board members per district.

The PCOS machines here are now locked inside the polling centers guarded by the BEIs and joint forces of military and police. (PNA)



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