Comelec to use mixed poll technology in 2016

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THE commission en banc of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has adopted a recommendation of the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) to use a mixed automated election system (AES) in the 2016 polls.

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A reliable source from the Comelec said the poll body has agreed to reuse the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and to purchase another voting technology as recommended by the CAC.

The source, however, clarified that they have not totally adopted the CAC’s recommendation.

“In principle, it has been decided to use the mixed technology. It is not a total adoption but we are basically following the CAC recommendation, although there will be some modifications,” he said.

The source added that they will still use the PCOS machines but that the poll body will also look for a second technology that will be acquired through public bidding.

“The basic criterion that we will ensure for the second technology is that it should be compatible with our PCOS machines,” he said.

CAC chairman Louis Napoleon Casambre recently said the Comelec should “seriously consider the use of multiple or mixed technologies to promote inter-operability and encourage innovative solutions.”

Among the technologies that the CAC has recommended are the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) system and the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE), as secondary technology.

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  1. Edgar G. Festin on

    The Comelec is ignoring the views of the most expert people analyzing the situation.
    Unless Philippine elections do not go back to the reformed manual polls in the orecincts where the counting will be completely transparent, witnessed by the different parties and the democracy watchdogs, and the precinct election returns (ER) are erified and certified to be correct by the teachers who form the Board of Elections Inspectors our elections will not yield credible results. Germany and all countries that used systems like that of Smartmatic, which did not have a paper trail and verifiable ballots, have reverted to manual not PCOS-machine voting in the precincts.
    The PCOS Smartmatic AES system clearly violates Philippine laws. Why continue to use it?