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42,000 poll machines to arrive by end-December—Comelec

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 22:45:00 12/11/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Infotech, Eleksyon 2010, Computing & Information Technology

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said about half of the 82,200 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that will be used in the 2010 elections will arrive in the country by month’s end, an official said.

Automation provider Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) gave assurances the first batch of 42,200 machines is set to arrive by December 31, said Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, head of the steering committee on automation. Read the rest of this entry »

Election ballots to carry security features
December 09, 2009 19:53:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – Special paper ballots to be used for the 2010 elections will carry tracking and security features to prevent fraud, according to the Commission on Elections.

The ballots, which will carry the names of candidates, will include serial numbers, unique bar codes and ultra-violet (UV) marks to prevent electoral fraud, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in a phone interview Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Smartmatic vows on-time delivery of poll machines

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:07:00 11/13/2009

Filed Under: Infotech, Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections

MANILA, Philippines—The automation partner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has assured the poll body that it would deliver on time the 82,200 poll machines to be used in the 2010 polls.

Cesar Flores, Smartmatic president for Asia-Pacific, told the Inquirer.net in an interview Wednesday that Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM) would be able to manufacture and deliver 42,000 poll machines in December and the remaining 40,000 units in January next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Comelec officers to undergo PCOS training

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:17:00 10/06/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

MANILA, Philippines – Around 180 Commission on Elections (Comelec) personnel will receive training in handling precinct count optical machines to be used in next year’s automated elections, a poll agency spokesperson said Tuesday.

The poll body received on Tuesday 20 PCOS machines from Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM). These machines will serve as seed units to be deployed nationwide to educate both election officers and constituents. Read the rest of this entry »

Ensuring transparency in automated polls

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 00:24:00 09/22/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

(Second of two parts)

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to gain the public’s trust in poll automation with several transparency measures.

These measures are mandated by Republic Act 9369 or the poll automation law, according to Comelec legal department director Ferdinand Rafanan. Read the rest of this entry »

What can go wrong with poll automation?

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 00:48:00 09/21/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

(First of two parts)

MANILA, Philippines—What can go wrong with the P7.2 billion poll automation plan of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and are there means to prevent them?

The poll body’s plan to use 80,000 precinct count optical scan machines (PCOS) from Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM) to speed-up the counting, transmission and canvassing of votes is aimed at preventing cheating, specifically “dagdag-bawas” or vote padding/shaving during the canvassing of election results in 2010, said election lawyer and Libertas member Luie Guia. Read the rest of this entry »

IT GROUP TO COMELEC
‘Why pay P11.2B for poll automation?’

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:15:00 04/09/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Technology (general)

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MANILA, Philippines—A group composed mostly of information and communications technology (ICT) professionals challenged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to explain to the public why it has to spend P11.2 billion in automating the 2010 elections when it can implement an open election system (OES).

“The Comelec must explain to the public why they have to pay P7.3 billion more for an inferior system using precinct count optical scan (PCOS) when they could adopt OES which is more transparent and costs only P4 billion?” asked TransparentElections.org head Gus Lagman.
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