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Comelec needs 6,000 PCOS units

Manila, Philippines — An additional 6,100 units would have to be purchased should the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decide to re-use the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the May 2016 polls.

The poll body said this is in view of the four million expected new voters for 2016. There are 52 million registered voters in the May 2013 polls.

With the expected increase in the number of voters, the Comelec said it would need about 86,100 PCOS units.

It was in 2012 when the Comelec purchased the more than 80,000 PCOS units for P1.8 billion for the May 2013 midterm polls.

The poll body first leased the PCOS machines from Smartmatic International for P7.2 billion including other technology- and election-related services during the 2010 presidential elections.

The commission earlier estimated the purchase of more than 6,000 units to cost P6.91 billion.