Makati City: Delayed FTS in Cembo Elementary School

    The final testing and sealing of the PCOS machine in Precinct 246 in Cembo Elementary School was delayed when the PCOS machine failed to print a complete initialization report. The printout generated did not show the list of candidates and the vote counter that should show zero votes. The members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) were unable to troubleshoot the problem on their own and called for the assistance of the support technician. After more or less an hour, final testing and sealing proceeded with the assistance of the Smartmatic-TIM technician.
    In a big polling place like Cembo ES, which has 27 clustered precincts and PCOS machines delivered to the polling place, having only one technician is a source of worry to the BEI and delays the conduct of the testing and sealing. Most BEI members say they are still learning the process and that they had to learn to operate the machine on their own, while many have yet to fully grasp the protocol and the guidelines.
    To conduct the final testing and sealing, the BEI should follow a protocol. For technical difficulties, they are to be assisted by a support technician assigned by PCOS contractor Smartmatic-TIM. There is only one Smartmatic technician assigned to each polling place.

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