DoST Unit Claims No Failure in Comelec Vote Counting Machines Evaluation Test

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Findings of the Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Development Research Center (DoST-MIRDC), the sole body authorized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to conduct evaluation tests on automated vote-counting machines (ACM) for May 2004 poll, showed that none of the units failed during the rigid performance tests conducted since September this year.

MIRDC Director and ACM Testing and Technical Evaluation Committee Chairman Rolando Viloria claimed that no technical error in operation had been encountered during run tests conducted among 136 of the 288 units delivered for the second batch testing which is expected to be finished Saturday this week.

The press conference held at the MIRDC in Bicutan, Taguig, aimed to clear the cloud of doubt surrounding the credibility and accuracy of the 1,991 counting machines purchased by Comelec in validating and storing of votes. Previous media reports stated that only nine (9) of the first 30 vote-counting units delivered in August 2003 passed the technical evaluation requirements and most of the machines malfunctioned during a series of tests conducted by DoST in previous weeks.

Its the other way around, Viloria expressed.

Viloria admitted that nine of the first 30 units encountered undefined technical errors and malfunctioning in ballot feeding system during the actual test.

However, the interruption occurred during testing was due to the error committed by the ACM operator (i. …