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A 100 percent manual audit of the AES?

Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010

By FELICITO PAYUMO

LATELY, there have been enough people who, previously, were giving the Comelec the benefit of doubt in making the Automated Election System (AES) “systems ready” before the May elections but are now clamoring that it switches to a “completely manual mode.”

It is not just the readiness of the system but the acceptability to the public of the machine count that is being questioned. But a fully-manual system means going back to the 45 days of nerve-wracking waiting game and making our country again a laughing stock while the rest of the world watches our slow motion count.

And wouldn’t that put to complete waste the P7.2 Billion rental payment to Smartmatic?

Do we have no other option but to make a giant leap of faith in the untried and distrusted AES or revert to the fully-manual system of counting and canvassing of votes? Are they our only two ineluctable choices?

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