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Comelec to hold nationwide mock polls Feb.6

Posted on: February 3, 2010

Comelec to hold nationwide mock polls Feb.6

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:52:00 02/03/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold simultaneous mock automated elections in about 10 polling precincts nationwide Saturday, an official said Wednesday.

Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told reporters that the mock polls was aimed at simulating the actual automated electoral process – from voting, scanning of ballots in the poll machine for counting, printing of election results (ERs), electronic transmission of voting results to canvassers and servers and automated canvassing of results.

“The overall function of the precinct count optical scan machines, the canvassing system, transmission and the servers would be the focus of the mock polls,” said Larrazabal.

In Metro Manila, the mock polls will be held at the New Era Elementary School in Quezon City; Maharlika Elementary School and Gen. Ricardo Papa Memorial High School in Taguig City.

In Luzon, the mock polls are to be held in Pines National High School and Community Youth Center in Baguio City; in Visayas, in Bulacao Community School and Mabini Elementary School in Cebu City; and in Mindanao, in Alejandro Navarro Elementary School and Generoso Elementary School in Davao City.

Although the commission released Tuesday a new version of the ballot face, those that would be used for the mock polls would be of the older configuration – on the front side, the pre-printed names of national candidates per position arranged in vertical columns from left to right, with the dorsal side featuring names of local bets in horizontal configuration, said Larrazabal.

Registered voters will join the mock polls, which will be followed by another one this month, the official added.

“We are holding the mock elections in ten clustered precincts in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao on February 6 using the printed older configuration of the ballots. Based on our studies, the back side where the names of the candidates followed a horizontal arrangement was much more efficient to fill up and accomplish,” said Larrazabal.

“We plan to hold another mock poll later and possibly use the new version of the ballot there,” said Larrazabal.

Aside from the mock polls and the field tests which were conducted last week, Comelec would also hold a test for the electronic transmission of voting results in key sites using a public telecommunications network and final testing and sealing of the machines three days before election day, said the official.

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