May 6, 2010, midnight
Elections scheduled for May 10 in the Philippines will go ahead as planned, according to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), despite some calls for a delay due to glitches with electronic voting machines. Testing of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, which tally voter ballots, revealed flaws requiring the COMELEC to reconfigure data memory cards in all 76,000 PCOS machines in every polling station across the country. The COMELEC says it will be able to fix the machines in time and that some of the country’s largest companies have lent helicopters to assist in getting the replacement data memory cards to the polling stations. Some candidates are calling for voting to be postponed until the PCOS machines can be fully tested. These will be the Philippines' first automated elections, which the nation hopes will reduce fraud occurring during manual counts.