No PCOS test, no pay - Comelec

Even election watchdog leaders who joined the inspection as part of the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) were satisfied with what they saw. 

Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Henrietta de Villa noted how, compared to the 2010 elections, Comelec and Smartmatic seem to be more prepared this time. "I interrogated some personnel [who are checking the machines], and they seem to know well what they are doing."

She also commended both Smartmatic and Comelec for deploying their respective personnel to assist in the checking of the machines.

Newly-installed election watchdogs National Citizen's Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) chair Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo, on the other hand, commented that Comelec and Smartmatic "seem to be moving in the right direction."

She, however, suggested that the CAC do an independent test of the machines after the checking conducted by Smartmatic "just to make sure that they agree with what's being claimed." She also suggested that security in the premises of the warehouse be reinforced.

Flores said they have maintained tight security measures in the area, among them, installing CCTV cameras and following strict procedures for visiting parties. -

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