COMELEC assures Roxas of info program on 2010 poll automation

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has assured Liberal President Senator Mar Roxas that it will carry out an extensive information dissemination campaign nationwide to educate voters about the new automated system to be used in the 2010 national and local elections.
"The 2010 elections will mark an important day in our country’s history. Mahalagang may sapat na kaalaman ang mga botante ukol sa bagong sistemang gagamitin ng Comelec sa susunod na taon," Roxas said.

"I assume the Comelec will be ready for any eventuality that could happen. It is always good to be ready than to be sorry. Walang puwang ang pagkakamali sa halalan," he stressed.
Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr. has informed Roxas that contingency measures have been put up in preparation for any hitches that could bog down the smooth conduct of next year’s elections.

Among others, he guaranteed that public information activities would be launched all over the country to teach voters on how the automated system works and what voters should do. The program would include the presentation of optical mark ballots and a discussion on the proper way of filling up these ballots.

Survey forms, which have been designed to measure competence of voters on the use of the ballots, would be distributed to local offices of the Comelec. Participants would be asked to fill-up these forms at the end of each voter education activity.

The same forms would be distributed to all private voter education initiatives for use at their own information campaign programs. A private survey firm would also be contracted to determine sufficiency of voter competence in the use of these ballots.

Furthermore, on Election Day itself, each polling place would be provided with posters that show the proper way of filling-up the new ballots. Other guarantees made by the Comelec on the Visayan senator included:
  • The Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) is capable of counting 60 ballots per minute (equivalent to 360 ballots per hour or 3,960 ballots for the 11-hour voting period from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.);
  • Classrooms or polling places will be set-up to accommodate 12 to 15 voters simultaneously;
  • The PCOS will be installed right inside the polling place where voters will their ballots; and
  • Strategic locations would be set up to ensure replacement of counting machines ore related peripherals within 2 hours in case of machine breakdown.

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