By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be conducting the final testing and sealing (FTS) of vote counting machines (VCMs) starting Monday, a week ahead of the May 13 national and local elections.
Commissioner Luie Tito Guia said the FTS is a procedure done to test if all the 85,000 VCMs that will be used in the midterm elections are functioning properly.
Diagnostics will also be run on the VCMs and the transmission system will be tested to see if there are still issues that need to be addressed, said Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.
For every VCM, 10 voters will be assigned for testing.
“What will happen then is there will be 10 actual voters who will be asked to vote in polling stations and these voters will accomplish actual ballots that are no longer dummy ballots,” he said.
The ballots to be used for testing the VCMs will be properly marked so as not to confuse it with the official ballots that will be used on election day, Jimenez said.
“Ballots that will be used will be specifically marked as FTS ballots. So again, they will not be mistakable for any other kind of ballots,” he said.
Guia also said that after the participants of the FTS cast their votes, the results produced by the machine will be compared with the results of the manual counting.
The FTS will be done from May 6 to 12. #MatalinongBoto2019