MANILA, 17June2013 (PNA) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has created a steering committee to oversee the preparations for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in October.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the committee will be composed of the four new Commissioners of the poll body to be headed by Christian Robert Lim.
The other members of the committee are Commissioners Grace Padaca, Luie Guia and Al Parreno.
“Ang namamahala all goes to steering committee. And our agreement is if the steering committee is unanimous, it is as if it is the en banc kasi apat na sila,” he said.
The committee also appointed Director Sino Cruz as the Project Management Office head.
On the other hand, Brillantes said that they are still divided regarding the plan to automate the October 28 local polls.
“Pinag-uusapan pa namin. Divided kami whether we will pilot in Metro Manila or not,” he said.
Earlier, the poll body chief said they are mulling to pilot test the automated election system (AES) despite not being required by the law.
“We are also discussing the possibility of the pilot use of PCOS machines in the barangay elections,” he said in an earlier interview.
However, the poll body chief said the automated polls will not be a nationwide as it will only involve a limited number of polling precincts.
“Among the areas we are looking involve the entire Metro Manila or just one city in Metro Manila, either biggest or smallest city,” Brillantes added.
He said they might be facing several problems, once they agreed to use the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the village polls is if they can catch up with the timeline since they only have limited time since there are so many things need to be done to be able to conduct an automated polls.
“Kapag automation you need a very early filing of certificate of candidacy. That’s the main problem. There are so many things to be done. Iba pa printing ng balot.at iba pa klase ng balota. Magkakaroon ng conifguration so ang problem is the timeline whether we can catch up with the timeline of only five months,” Brillantes explained.(PNA)