By: Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran – The chief of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) this island province in Eastern Visayas region gave a new meaning that would pave the way for people to keep their trust on the machine used in the first automated elections in 2010 and for this year’s mid-term elections in May 13, 2013 in the country.
Atty. Sabino C. Mejarito, provincial election supervisor of Comelec-Biliran coined a new acronym for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine as People’s Choice Open and Secured.
Mejarito introduced the new acronym of PCOS in a conference with the Comelec deputies in Biliran province held on February 15, 2013 at the Audio Visual Room of the Naval State University (NSU).
Comelec deputies composed of heads and representatives of the national government agencies, security forces like the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army (PA), religious groups, non-government organizations (NGOs) and private organizations (POs) accepted and signed a pledge of commitment as Comelec deputies in the conduct of an honest, orderly, clean and peaceful May 13, 2013 synchronized national and local elections in Biliran province.
The Comelec chief in Biliran province allayed the fears of some groups on minor glitches of the counting machine by giving the assurance that these minor glitches won’t happen again with the vigilance of everybody in every step of the process of the PCOS.
“There is no such thing as a perfect system” Mejarito referred to the PCOS, however, he called on the Biliranons to give their trust with the automated system especially that he is now at the helm of Comelec-Biliran.
He even proposed the idea of prohibiting the use of cellular phone and other communication gadget such as jamming device within 100 meters radius from any polling place which allegedly may interfere in the transmission of results of the votes that allegedly happened in the 2010 elections. (PIA-Biliran)