BAGUIO CITY -– Commission on Elections – Cordillera Administrative Region (Comelec-CAR) Assistant Director Vanessa Roncal on Friday, May 6 assured that transmission of election returns will not be a problem in Baguio City.
The problem on the Automated Election System (AES) used in previous elections have been corrected, Roncal said.
Smartmatic, the company that worked on poll automation, earlier announced that almost 60 percent of the total 6,361 precincts in the region may experience a systems problem which may affect the transmission of poll results after the elections on May 9.
A geographic survey was conducted from December 2015 to January 2016 where results showed that majority of CAR precincts remain to have problematic cellphone signals, Roncal said.
To arrest the problem, Smartmatic will provide one Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) for every three Vote Counting Machines (VCM) or one BGAN to one VCM in some isolated areas in the region, to ensure swift transmission of election results.
BGAN devices are portable satellite antennas that can operate from the most remote location.
Smartmatic technicians will be deployed to assist the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) in case VCMs will have glitches or when signal is not dependable during transmission of results.
There are, at least, 3,816 precincts in the region that are within areas with faint signal.
In the 2013 election, Comelec and Smartmatic were able to attain a 76 percent transmission rate nationwide.
Cordillera was able to transmit election results by early dawn following the date of the election.
Delay in the transmission of election canvass reports may result in the postponement of Comelec’s proclamation of winning candidates and may spark talks of possible manipulation of election results, Roncal explained. PNA/northboundasia.com