Poll results to come up on big screens

Poll results to come up on big screens
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Poll watchers and watchdogs will be able to see the canvassed election results as they come in on May 10 on large screen monitors and projectors that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has agreed to install at all canvassing centers.

The Comelec agreed to put up the monitors after representatives of the Makati Business Club (MBC) and information technology groups met with Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal on Friday to discuss their proposals on the monitoring of the results of the May 10 automated national elections.

Their suggestions were aimed at ensuring that the transmitted tallies would reflect the ballots cast into the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines that would be used for the first time in the country.

The PCOS machines —82,200 were ordered from Smartmatic TIM Corp.—will read and record votes cast using machine-readable ballots. At the end of the voting day, the machines will print 30 election returns and transmit the results to various servers.

Larrazabal said the Comelec had agreed to place large-screen projectors in 1,637 municipal canvassing centers, which would show the results from the precincts after the polling ends at 6 p.m. on May 10. Kristine L. Alave

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