Close  

IN THE KNOW: Automated Election Law

/ 01:21 AM February 23, 2016

Republic Act No. 9369, which amended the Automated Election Law, was passed on Jan. 23, 2007 “to encourage transparency, credibility, fairness and accuracy of elections.”

Section 6 of the law states the minimum system capabilities that the automated election system must have. Among those is the provision for a voter verified paper audit trail. The system should also provide the voter a system of verification to find out whether or not the machine has registered his choice.

ADVERTISEMENT

The law also requires a system that would provide supporting documentation for verifying the correctness of reported election results, and provide for the safekeeping, storing and archiving of physical or paper resource used in the election process.

Under the law, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) shall develop and adopt an evaluation system to ascertain that the minimum system capabilities are met in the procurement of the system.

FEATURED STORIES

The first fully automated elections in the Philippines was held on May 10, 2010. After voters filled out machine-readable ballots, precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines leased from Smartmatic Corp. for P7.2 billion were used to record, count and transmit the votes to canvassing centers where the votes were automatically added up.

But the country’s first automated elections were hounded by glitches such as errors in the compact flash cards containing the list of voters and candidates; the breakdown of some machines that resulted in delays in transmitting results to canvassing centers; and the failure of built-in ultraviolet mark readers in the PCOS machines to read the security marks on the ballots. Almi Ilagan-Atienza, Inquirer Research

Sources: Comelec website, Inquirer Archives

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Automated Election Law, Elections 2016, Nation, news
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

5 dead, 33 hurt in truck, bus collision in Quezon

December 15, 2019 01:50 AM

entertainment

Why Angel looks up to Bono

December 15, 2019 12:30 AM

entertainment

Back in each other’s arms

December 15, 2019 12:25 AM

entertainment

Clint Eastwood on turning 90 and … Stormy Daniels

December 15, 2019 12:20 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.