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ICT group worries about poll automation After senate ok on poll fund

Posted on: March 5, 2009

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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 13:46:00 03/05/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MAKATI CITY, Philippines—A group composed mostly of information and communications technology (ICT) professionals is worried about late Wednesday’s approval of the Commission on Elections’ supplemental budget for poll automation in 2010.

“I worry about the approval of the poll automation at the Senate. I worry what might happen in 2010 elections,” said Augusto Lagman, head of the Transparentelections.org during a briefing.
Transparentelections.org is a group organized to push for clean and honest elections, according to its website.
It is composed of concerned citizens, all of whom are technology practitioners promoting the adoption of an Open Election System (OES) for the Philippine national and local elections in 2010.
Lagman pointed out that the proposed software that would run the automated machines is proprietary and not developed in the Philippines.

He claimed that the Comelec is also not ready to implement poll automation based on the automated elections in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

“Unless [Comelec] uses an open election system, we leave the outcome of elections to a foreign company and implementers, the Comelec,” Lagman said.

The group has developed a system built around the open source model in software development in both technology and process.

The group claims that it will make its system’s design and software source code available to the public for review and comment.

The group would solicit valid comments from the public then use these comments to finalize the system design. They then would provide copies to the Comelec, the political parties, Citizen’s arms and media.

With the Comelec adopting the open election system, the group claims that all data, down to the precinct level, would be available to the public via the Internet.

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