Congratulations!!! Director Ferdinand T. Rafanan

COMELEC SBAC  Chairman Atty. Ferdinand T.  Rafanan reported that they are done testing the automated machines, with the consortium Total Information Management/Smartmatic successfully hurdling all of the SBAC’s rigorous 26 criteria.

“Everybody is satisfied with the end to end demonstration of the machines, even Congressman Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin and representatives of Senator Mar Roxas, who came here to observe the demonstration, have no negative comments. We are happy because finally we’ll be fully automating our elections, this is historic,” he said. Locsin is the Chairman of House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms.

The five tests include (1) Laboratory tests, to see if the machines are durable and could withstand different climactic conditions in the Philippines; (2) Field tests, where the machines will be twice tested on the field; (3) Mock elections, where the voting public can see for themselves that the machines actually work according to the COMELEC’s specifications; (4) Transmission tests, where experts can try to test the machines’ weaknesses and (5) Final tests, the last stage of testing before all the 82,200 units of Precinct Count Optical Scanners (PCOS) machines are certified and sealed for use on Election Day.

The successful bidding done by the  COMELEC SBAC Chairman Atty. Ferdinand T. Rafanan is with the  GOD’s will to have a clean and honest election in our country.



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