With 39 hours to go, only 52% of PCOS machines in place
Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Updated official monitoring reports obtained by ABS-CBN News show that a substantial number of precincts may still not have voting machines, ballots, and compact flash cards when polls open on Monday.
As of 9 a.m. of May 8 or 39 hours before Election Day, only 51.9% of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were in polling centers nationwide, 64% of bundled official ballots had been delivered from the National Printing Office (NPO) to the provincial/city treasurer’s office, and 14.5% of reconfigured compact flash cards had been delivered.
Despite the delays, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner still expressed confidence that all the election paraphernalia would be in the polling centers when polls open at 7 a.m. on May 10.
80K Catholic school students to serve as poll watchers – official
Instead of going to malls or to the beach, at least 80,000 tech-savvy college students from Catholic schools will be deployed to polling precincts this Monday to serve as poll watchers.
Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) president Msgr. Gerry Santos said most of these students from the CEAP’s 1,200 member schools are computer-savvy.
“They are IT (information technology) savvy and can do some computer troubleshooting,” Santos said in an article posted Saturday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site.