Teachers told only vote scanners must be plugged in on election day
Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—Teachers must make sure nothing but the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines are plugged into their precincts’ electric outlets to make sure that no electrical overload or short circuits will occur and result in blackouts in their areas on Election Day.
Energy Undersecretary Loreta Ayson on Thursday offered election supervisors and voters practical tips to reduce energy consumption and stabilize power distributed by the main power grids “at least for that one whole day.”
Ayson was here to sign an agreement with the city government for an alternative energy power system that will be used to light up Burnham Park.
Regional Comelec chief: No contingency plan for automation failure
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has no alternative plan if if automation fails, the chief of the poll body’s office in Western Mindanao admitted on Thursday.
“I am sorry to say this but the Comelec has no contingency measures if automation failed,” Helen Aguila-Flores said during a special meeting of civilian, police and military officials at the headquarters of the Western Mindanao Command.
The meeting was called for the purpose of discussing a contingency plan in the light of possible power outages on election day.
Teachers worry: What if machines fail again?
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Teachers who will man the precincts on election day are at a loss about what to do in case the precinct count optical scanners PCOS machines) still do not function properly.
Abelardo Brutas, secretary general of the Teachers in the Philippine Public Sector (TOPPS), said they were not prepared for manual counting in the event the machines conk out.
“We were not prepared for manual election,” Brutas said.