Comelec to re-use at 5k to 10k PCOS machines

(Photo from left) Commission on Election (Comelec) Commissioner Arthur D. Lim, Comelec Executive Director Jose M. Tolentino Jr., and Smartmatic Program Manager Marlon Garcia, discuss the condition of some 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines (right) during the poll body's "Walk Through" on Friday (March 20, 2015), held at the production area in Comelec Warehouse, Park Drive, Light Industrial Science Park 1, Barangay Diezmo, Cabuyao, Laguna. (MNS photo)

(Photo from left) Commission on Election (Comelec) Commissioner Arthur D. Lim, Comelec Executive Director Jose M. Tolentino Jr., and Smartmatic Program Manager Marlon Garcia, discuss the condition of some 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines (right) during the poll body’s “Walk Through” on Friday (March 20, 2015), held at the production area in Comelec Warehouse, Park Drive, Light Industrial Science Park 1, Barangay Diezmo, Cabuyao, Laguna. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections on Tuesday said that it would re-use at least 5,000 of its old precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines as a supplement to the new machines it leased for the 2016 elections.

At a press conference, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the agency was looking into cleaning 5,000 to 10,000 PCOS machines.

She added that this will be done in-house, at the Comelec warehouse in Laguna, though no date or plans have been specified yet.

The said PCOS machines will be used by certain sectors such as persons with disabilities and local absentee voters, among them teachers, soldiers, and media personnel.

The initiative will be done in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology, which would help the Comelec “find or produce” basic materials needed, such as film, battery, and rollers, Guanzon said.(MNS)

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