Comelec eyes expanded random manual audit
Posted by akosistella on April 15, 2010
Election Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the Comelec is expected to issue a resolution on the proposed expansion of the manual audit of ballots next week.
“Let’s wait for the resolution to be issued by en banc but it looks like five precincts per district. The other matters will be contained in the resolution. I don’t want to preempt (the decision),” Larrazabal said.
Electoral reform groups Automated Election System Watch, Center for People Empowerment in Governance and Consortium on Electoral Reforms have asked the Comelec to conduct a wider manual audit of ballots before the proclamation of election winners because a limited one would cast doubt on the results of the automated polls.
via Philippine Star.
Printing of voters’ lists may be delayed, Comelec supplier says
The printing of voters’ lists — which indicate names of individuals entitled to cast ballots for the May elections — may be delayed, the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) printing supplier said on Wednesday.
Additional batches of printer ink earlier delivered to the Comelec remains stored in the poll body’s office barely a month before the elections, said Andrew Chiong of Philcopy, the company that supplies printers and toners to the Comelec.
The Comelec’s delayed “actions” can cause delay in the printing of voters’ lists and affect the orderly conduct of the polls, Chiong told GMA News.
Watchdog gives passing mark to Comelec for automated poll preparations
An election watchdog gave the Commission on Elections (Comelec) a passing mark on its handling of the automated elections system.
However, the group — Bantay Eleksyon 2010 — said that Comelec’s rating could easily slide to zero and would not likely climb to a perfect ten because of the poll body’s unpopular decisions and transactions.
The watchdog, which has members of the Comelec Advisory Council as its conveners, gave the Comelec a rating of 5, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 as the highest.