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Comelec on manual elections: Never again

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MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections is not likely to heed calls by members of the House of Representatives to go back to the manual system of elections for the May 13 polls.

“The law already requires automation… (unless) they remove the provision saying that automation is mandatory,” said Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes, referring to Republic Act No. 9369, which  mandates that an automated election system (AES) must be used in subsequent electoral exercises of the country.

On Wednesday, members of the House minority said the Comelec should consider going back to manual elections considering the glitches suffered by the AES during the mock polls over the weekend.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WN5TKEXEJ2VHQVNGP2CJEDLJH4 Jess

    ASIDE FROM BEING OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF  R.A  9369, MANUAL COUNTING OF VOTES IS MORE PRONE TO CHEATING THAN AUTOMATED COUNTING. KUNDI NAGING AUTOMATED ANG 2010 ELECTIONS, PALAGAY NYO BA MGA MINORITY CONGRESSMEN, MANANALO SI PINOY? SI BINAY? AT ANG GOB. NG LAGUNA? TIYAK LAHAT SILA PUPULUTIN SA KANGKUNGAN GAYA NG NANGYARI NOON 2004 NA DINAYA NI GMA SI FPJ. MABUTI NA ANG AUTOMATED, MAG PROTESTA NA LANG YUNG MATATALO GAYA NG GINAWA NI ATIENZA, AYUN NAPATUNAYAN TALO TALAGA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Pagtuunan ninyo ang paglunsad ng isa pang mock election ng masiguro na wala ng glitches.

  • eloson

    “Comelec should consider going back to manual elections”
    That is just a dumb solution to consider. We should improve on the automated elections not go back. Stupid thinking really, these people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    Namumulitika si Chairman Brillantes. Hwag siyang mag react doon sa panukala na bumalik sa manual elections dahil impractical yon. Sagutin niya instead ang panukala na ang counting ay gawing automated and at the same time ay manual gamit ang the same na BEI para ma check ang reliability ng automated counting at dapat alam ng botante kung talagang nabilang ang boto niya sa iba at ibang kandidato na binot niya. Pero ang transmission ay automated para mabilis pero ma che=check din ng concerned parties base sa hard copies ng election results na hawak nila na bigay ng BEI galing sa automated counting at manual connting.

  • Karabukov

    Automated systems are the way to go. While even IT persons raise issues on the risks, operational difficulties and possible misuse of the machines, none are shown to be at the level of cheating involved in the manual system where professional cheaters have probably by now perfected their diabolical craft. Hackers, if any at all, may disrupt the process but to make the system come up with different results than intended will require a sophistication that only Batman’s Joker is capable of and he does not exist. That is not to say that reasonable measures aren’t necessary but we have enough capable people to reduce and minimize problems that cannot be assured by management and organization.

  • Pulokoy

    some just resist changes..

  • http://www.facebook.com/rod.salvdor Rod Salvdor

    manual counting ?bulok na panukala tulad ni erap ano akala nya engot ang mamamayan? ipabilang nyo sa kanya chairman brillantes ang milyong barya kung kailan nya matapos

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

    My goodness. Nakakahiya if we go back to the manual system of counting. Nag-automate na nga ng 2010, tapos babalik pa sa manual? That’s several steps backwards. Ang ayaw lang mag-automate ang elections are those who lost in 2010 or those who feel that they will lose in 2013.

  • manangvi

    Baka naman nahihirapan sila or mas magastos mandaya sa automated , kaya nila pinababalik sa manual counting … :D

  • Dawn Dare

    The few people who stand to benefit from manual elections are the notorious election bandits sitting in congress. These obsolete people should not be reelected.

  • JasonBieber

    They aren’t going back to manual elections..that was just a very reckless thing to say by the Brillantes.

    What they should do is fix the problem with the faulty PCOS machines. And what they should have done is actually done this back after the 2010 elections when they were already having problems with it.

  • boybakal

    Comelec on manual elections: Never again…I support this. Dito ata nadaya si Marcos nong Snap Election sa manual na bilangan…dagdag bawas.

  • disqusted0fu

    Wasn’t it Brillantes himself who dared everyone to go manual because of the faulty machines? And now he is saying that the law requires automation? If that’s the case, then why didn’t Brillantes make sure that the PCOS machines will be in its perfect form when it’s needed? Should he be held liable for that?



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