CALASIAO, Pangasinan — The Provincial Elections Office will hold mock elections simultaneously in two barangays in Dagupan City and two other barangays in Alaminos City on Feb.13.

Provincial Elections Supervisor Marino Salas said the mock elections will be participated in by at least 100 voters each in Barangays Pugaro and Poblacion in Dagupan City, and Limmansangan and Poblacion Weste in Alaminos City.

The mock election is to show and test the more modern Vote Counting Machines (VCM) that will replace the Precinct Count Optical Scans (PCOS) machines used in the 2010 and 2013 elections.

He said the voters would choose from the list of assumed names of candidates for various position from president, vice president, senators, representatives, mayor and vice mayor, and 10 councilors in case of Dagupan City and governor, vice governor and two district board members as well as mayor, vice mayor and 10 councilors in case of Alaminos City.

The mock election, Salas said, which would be done just like in regular election, would be held from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The result will also be transmitted from barangay to city level as well as to the provincial office onto the Comelec central office.

Comelec Regional Director Noli Pipo called on candidates representing political parties as well as representatives of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) to watch and monitor the mock election to find out themselves the efficiency of the VCM which uses the more advanced Micro SD and not memory card as in PCOS. PNA /