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Comelec halts network survey in Maguindanao

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:28:00 11/26/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended indefinitely its survey of available network infrastructure in Maguindanao province following Monday’s massacre of 50 people that included relatives of a local official and journalists.

“The personnel of Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM) have suspended for safety concerns the network site survey in some parts of Maguindanao, particularly near the area where a gubernatorial candidate’s family and several media men have been killed,” said Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal. Read the rest of this entry »

18,000 posts up for grabs in 2010 polls—Comelec
November 06, 2009 20:16:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—There will be about 17,943 national and local positions to be filled in the 2010 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said voters, especially the youth, should be ready to wisely elect their candidates from the president down to municipal councilor posts. Read the rest of this entry »

Comelec to hold mock polls, field tests for PCOS
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By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:38:00 10/16/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold a nationwide mock election in December and conduct five other tests before accepting and deploying the poll machines for the 2010 elections, officials said.

Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said as prescribed in Republic Act 9369 or the poll automation law, the poll body will hold mock elections tentatively set on December 13, while field tests are set on November 28 and on December 5. 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 »

Comelec awaits 20 poll machines
October 05, 2009 17:25:00
Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will receive within the month 20 poll machines that will be used as demo units to educate voters nationwide in preparation for next year’s automated elections.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the 20 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) units from Smartmatic and Total Information Management, will serve as “development sets” for the customization of the automated poll system and will be deployed in key regional locations to help educate voters. 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 »


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