2016 elections to cost P24B: Comelec

Posted on February 12, 2014

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said the 2016 elections would cost the government as much as P24 billion depending on the technology that will be used for the synchronized national polls.

At the sidelines of the hearing of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System, Comelec Commissioner Sixto S. Brillantes, Jr. said one of the options is to use the old precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in 2016.

The two other options are: to discard all the old machines and buy new ones but using the same PCOS technology; or to use a new technology and buy direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines.

The poll body said it would also need between P6.91 billion to P10.3 billion for the PCOS warehouse, voters’ education, and other logistical needs depending on how many voters would be assigned per precinct "if both old and new machines are used."

Comelec expects the total number of registered voters to increase to 56 million in 2016. -- ICCD