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2016 polls to cost more

Taxpayers will shell out P16.8 billion in 2015 or six times more than they did in 2014 for clean presidential elections in 2016, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Wednesday.

Of the total, P3.76 billion would be used to buy P41,800 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines at P90,000 each, to augment the 80,000 units already in inventory, Recto said.

The Commission on Elections is also planning to buy P11.43 billion worth of assorted equipment, Recto added, citing a briefing paper by the Department of Budget and Management on the proposed 2015 national budget.

Another P1.2 billion will be used for preparatory activities, including voter registration.

Earlier, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, chairman of the Senate electoral reforms and people’s participation committee, filed a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry into the accuracy and integrity of the PCOS machines used by the Comelec in the 2013 local and senatorial elections amid allegations of election fraud.

  • Derek

    I’ve said this before and I will say it again. Pcos machines can be manipulated. Comelec should randomly check ballot boxes manually after the elections to make sure the numbers are the same. Rosas was winning in 2010 ahead by 2 million votes. I don’t know how he ended up losing. We should not let this happen again. Remember smartmatic would not and still have not submitted their codes?? Because massive manipulation happened.