The National Movement for Free Elections yesterday asked the Commission on Elections to look into the capability of the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines to initialize, operate and transmit the results on election day.
This was after the poll watchdog received reports from their provincial chapters, including in Negros Oriental, that the machines malfunctioned after several demonstrations were held, a government press release said.
Namfrel national chair Corazon de la Paz-Bernardo, said in her letter to Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., that the malfunctioning of the PCOS machines will pose problems on congestion and long lines in the precincts; voluntary disenfranchisement for voters who do not have the time or patience to wait; possibility of low turnout; and frustration for both the Board of Election Inspectors members and the voters.
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