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Comelec ensures credible polls in May

The Commission on Elections was expected to ensure credible elections in May even without holding another mock elections to correct faults that emerged in the previous one, a Malacañang spokesperson said on Sunday. Abigail Valte said the Comelec has a mandate to hold safe and peaceful elections and it is up to its officials to carry it out in whatever manner they have chosen to implement. “At this point, we expect the Comelec to be able to carry out their mandate for a safe and peaceful election in May, and we leave it up to them how best to carry out that mandate,” she said. In a mock elections held early this month, the voting machines in some precincts rejected ballots. There were also reports of errors in transmission during the dry run in several provinces in Mindanao. Comelec will be using automated machines called Precinct Count Optical Scanner machines, which allow people to know the results of elections in a matter of hours. In the past, it takes months to know the results. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said another mock election was unnecessary because they have corrected the glitches that emerged in the mock elections early this month. “The glitches that occurred during the mock elections were seen and corrected by the Technical Evaluation Committee,” Brillantes said. He said the TEC was mandated by law to review and certify the automated election system, and the TEC is satisfied with the result of the mock elections in 20 voting centers in 10 areas of the country. The TEC is composed of the Comelec, Department of Science and Technology and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology.
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