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Poll PCOS machines arrive

Precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the May 13 elections in Negros Occidental began arriving in Bacolod City during the weekend, Commission on Elections provincial supervisor Wil Arceño said yesterday.

Arceño said he expects all the PCOS machines needed for the province to be in a Bacolod warehouse by today for safekeeping.

The final testing and sealing (FTS) of the PCOS machines will be conducted on May 6, he said.

Each machine gets its own final testing and sealing kit, which contains thermal paper, pens, sim cards and compact flash cards that will be used for the FTS, as well as plastic seals.

The final testing simulates the election day scenario of feeding ballots to the machine and checking if it is counting and transmitting the correct results to the consolidation and canvassing system, Arceño said.

A total of 78,168 PCOS machines will be deployed nationwide with one precinct getting one PCOS.

On election day, Negros Occidental will be given 4,570 PCOS machines plus reserves for possible breakdowns, Arceño said earlier.

The COMELEC recently trained PCOS technicians to be assigned in Negros Occidental during the May 13 polls.*CPG

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