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KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 4 (PIA) — The Department of Science and Technology in SOCCSKSARGEN Region is currently conducting certification of volunteers who will be serving as boards of election inspectors (BEIs) in the May 9 national and local polls, an official of the agency said.
Dr. Zenaida Laidan. regional director of DOST 12, said 17 personnel have been assigned to conduct the certification of BEIs.
Laidan explained that the department is mandated to carry out certification program for the BEIs who are on the frontline in the use of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine.
This responsibility, she added, is provided by Republic Act 9369, otherwise known as the Amended Automated Election System (AES) Law.
“At least one member of the BEI shall be an information technology-capable person, who is trained or certified by the DOST to use the automated election system,” she said.
DOST began the certification program during the 2010 Presidential Elections, the country’s first automated poll.
Laidan explained that the BEI certifiers administer written and practical examinations on PCOS operation after they undergo training on the operations of the PCOS.