Comelec delays decision on refurbishing PCOS machines

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Around 81,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines need refurbishment and upgrade for the 2016 general elections

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) postponed again on Tuesday (August 11) its decision on what machines to use in next year's polls.

Related: Comelec to decide on refurbishment this week

Comelec Chairman Andres "Andy" Bautista and the commissioners met at the Manila Hotel supposedly to decide whether to refurbish the 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines used in past elections or lease 71,000 new ones.

Using the old machines would save the government up to P4 billion.

But there would be a risk that the machines won't be refurbished in time for the poll body's deadline in January.

Related: Comelec schedule running tight

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez told reporters on Monday (August 10) that a decision was expected the next day.

But Jimenez cancelled a scheduled press conference Tuesday afternoon.

He did not say whether the chairman and the commissioners have arrived at a decision — or if they will have on by Thursday (August 13).

However, Bautista had earlier told Congress that they will make a final decision within this week.