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Comelec creates committee to address concerns against use of PCOS machines

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is planning to set up a special committee that will address concerns of groups against the use Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the 2013 polls.

“Ang sinasabi ko nga, continuing dialogue so we will have to create a special committee that will be open to hear, listen to any and all concerns of everybody involved in the technology aspect,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes after the less than three-hour dialogue with critics.
He added that they are also open for continued dialogue with them to be able to address all their concerns.

“Ang isang reklamo nung 2010, parang hindi daw sila napapansin. Hindi daw sila iniintindi so sabi ko the best way is to create this special committee,” Brillantes said.

However, the poll body chief said they have yet to decide on who will head the committee since it will still be discussed by the commission en banc.
On the other hand, Brillantes said they respect the decision of the groups to file a motion for reconsideration (MR) at the Supreme Court before the July 2 deadline.

This, after the IT and poll watchdog groups have already expressed their determination to file the appeal on the decision of the High Court allowing the purchase of the more than 80,000 PCOS machines.

“Wala namang problema kasi ang MR is a matter of right. It does not matter to us whether they file an MR or not,” said the poll chief.
Brillantes noted that they continue with their preparation for the 2013 polls, since the SC has lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO).

BY: PNA




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