PCOS Defective CF Card Affects Transmission and Canvassing
Published online on May 20, 2013 by George P. Lumayag
The PCOS of a certain clustered precinct stopped generating in printing Election Returns (ERs) and other documents because its Flash Card was defective.
To trouble shoot the problematic PCOS, the tech did switch off the machine; and did switch it on to restart the PCOS many times as instructed by the National Support Center (NSC). But, still, it would stop its operation; the PCOS could not continue…
The conclusion was, the PCOS CF Card was defective. PCOS could not continue printing required documents. The BEI Chairman called the Election Officer (EO) of the municipality, the National Support Center (NSC) and even to the In-charge of the Provincial Board of Canvassing (PBOC).
The defective CF Card could affect the canvassing; the PCOS failed to transmit to the Municipal Board of Canvassing (MBOC), the Consolidated Canvassing System (CCS) could not continue the Transmission of Election Results to the PBOC and to the COMELEC Central Server just because of that defective Flash Card.
NSC agents always called EO and CCS Operator even at dawn, verifying and asking same questions about CF Card Ticket Number, Barangay Code, school, municipality, province and region from day 1 to day 4 but still the COMELEC Central failed to dispatch the replacement of the defective CF Card.
The replacement CF Card was forwarded at the municipality at 6:00 A.M. on May 17, Friday, 2013. It was really a delayed response. The CCS transmitted Election Results to the PBOC, KBP Server and COMELEC Central Server at 2 P.M. That was a delayed Automated Elections.
NSC should have a Tracking System in dealing with Election problems next time. And the Commission on Election should have to install an IT support in Cebu City to reformat replacement CF Cards in Region VII and other regions in Mindanao.