Comelec warns vs over-voting
Rey Anthony Chiu
JAGNA, Bohol, May 13, 2013 (PIA) –Voters should be cautious about over-voting this Monday, warns City election officer Atty. Jonas Biliran.
The warning came in the wake of a case when a Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) did not count a vote for
A voter who had a chance to test the operations of the PCOS last Wednesday, May 8, shaded two ovals instead of only one, and the machine as programmed skipped counting the vote for the position.
Earlier, at the Voters’ Education on Air, election officer Panglao Oliver Glovasa, alternate resource person from the Comelec explained that the PCOS is so programmed that it would outright skip crediting a vote for a position that has been over voted.
Over-voting, he said, happens when a voter selects two or more candidates for a position that needs him to vote for a single candidate.
A voter would need to vote for one, in some positions opened for the election this May 13.
These positions include Party List representative, Congressional Representative, Governor, Vice-Governor, City Mayor, City-Vice Mayor, town mayors and vice mayor.
On the other hand, other positions can be under-voted.
Under-voting, Comelec said happens when a voter, instead of completing a full slate for a position, fills up less than needed, Glovasa said.
For senators for example, while a voter can vote for 12 among the 33 Comelec officially declared candidates, he may vote for less. This is under-voting and it does not invalidate the vote, Glovasa pointed out.
But if one voter chooses 13, the machine, which is programmed to optically count up to 12 choices would readily disregard the votes, he added.
Aside from the senators, positions that can be under voted include Board Members and councilors.
PCOS count more reliable
Mansasa ‘FTS case’ prove
Rey Anthony Chiu
JAGNA, Bohol, May 13, 2013 (PIA) –Now it can be told.
Automated vote count courtesy of the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) proved more reliable than the manual count, as the case of a precinct in Mansasa District would show.
At the Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) of the PCOS set May 8, a mismatch between the manual and the automated count stirred watchers from individual candidates and parties.
The mismatch, a clear indication of an error somewhere, has been surfaced as talks of using the automated count became clear.
Now on its second automated election using a computerized system, people who have been apprehensive of a long history of claims of massive cheating in manual counts approached the issue of automated elections quite cautiously.
The first automated elections was in the Presidential Elections in 2010, the second, this Monday, May 13.
With people still unfamiliar with the system to be used, many technical issues relative to the PCOS and its technical system, surfaced.
Incorrect Information from sources who have been similarly unfamiliar with the technology stirred the voters, Commission on Elections (Comelec) claimed.
And as the mismatch in the count surfaced in Mansasa FTS, voters who observed the proceedings thought their fears of defective system has finally been proven.
But election officer Atty. Jonas Biliran said the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) in the concerned precinct called on all watchers and observers to witness another audit of the manual recount and picked the discrepancy in the count.
Atty. Biliran, city election officer, in a telephone interview confirmed that the early report that a manual count mistakenly counted an over voted ballot, which an automated counting machine would readily skip counting.
When the over voted ballot count credited, the count now matched, Atty Biliran said.
On this, urged voters to be very cautious when voting.
He said voters should blot out only one for positions like Party List Representative, District Representative, Governor, Vice Governor, City Mayor, City Vice Mayor, Mayor and Vice Mayor.
Voting for two or more for these positions constitute an over vote, which would not be counted.
On the other hand, one may vote 12 or less for senators, three or less for Bohol District I and II and four or less of Bohol District III Board members.
Ten or less are voted for city legislative slates while 8 or less candidates are chosen for the towns, he said.