Henrietta de Villa, chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), said the electoral body needs to decide as early as now on the fate of the machines for the stakeholders to be able to prepare.
is ready for any option.
Same or change. (Either way), time is the essence which Comelec
has to consider," she
said in an interview.
added major adjustments will be made should the Comelec
decide to utilize a new Automated Election System (AES) in the 2016 elections.
"If there shall be change in machines, then the Comelec
has to decide before the end of March so it can be factored into the 2015 budget," the PPCRV
noted that having an early decision will also be an advantage for the voters' education since the electorate will have more time to be familiar with a new system.
issued the statement after the Comelec
stated that it is considering the possibility of replacing the PCOS machines.
The more than 80,000 PCOS machines were used in the 2010 presidential and 2013 midterm polls.
was the accredited citizens' arm in the first automated elections in 2010 and was also among the several Comelec-registered poll watchdogs in the 2013 polls.
, however, said the present system can still be subjected to upgrading of the system.
"The PCOS machines need due diligence check-up since they can be utilized still… But additional safeguards can be installed or operationalized in PCOS to address legitimate additional safeguards," De Villa
noted that since the more than 52 million Filipino voters are already familiar with the PCOS machines, the voters' education would be minimal.