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Smartmatic assures trick-proof PCOS machines in 2013 elections

MANILA, June 28 – Smartmatic president Carlos Flores on Thursday assured the Senate that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that will be used in the 2013 elections are ready and tamper proof.

“It is impossible to alter anything with this system and not be caught,” Flores informed Enrile and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III during the Senate public hearing on the Commission on Elections (Comelec)’s preparation for the 2013 mid-term elections.

Enrile expressed optimism on the integrity of the PCOS machines used during the 2010 national and local elections.

”I’m convinced that it is difficult to cheat in the automated elections. A grand conspiracy is needed to do that (cheating). So I’m confident that no cheating will be done in the machines,” Enrile said.

A symbolic mock election conducted during the Senate public hearing showed a perfect result when the manual count matched the automated count of the 17 ballots.

”So far so good but my job is to be suspicious and to prepare the worst case scenario. Our hearing today was only focus on the machines. Next will be on transmission and consolidation,” Pimentel said.

Pimentel noticed that the screen of the PCOS machines does not allow the voter to verify his or her vote before the printing of the ballots.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes thanked the Supreme Court for its ruling to uphold the Comelec’s decision to purchase the more than 81,000 PCOS machines for the 2013 elections for P1.8 billion from Smartmatic and its local partner Total Information Management Corporation. (PNA)


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