Fears of chaos raised over Philippine automated vote
Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are preparing for a historic election in which they will vote using machines for the first time, but there are rising fears the experiment could fail and trigger deep political chaos.
More than 82,000 automated machines will be used across the Southeast Asian archipelago for the May 10 election, with results expected to be known in just two days instead of several weeks under the former hand-counted manual system.
But electricity supply problems, data transmission complications, the reliability of the machines themselves and the potential for the system to be manipulated could lead to a failure of elections, analysts said.
Monsod doubts ‘deliberate’ total poll failure
MANILA, Philippines – A former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman on Thursday called on critics to stop heckling the poll body as he dismissed suspicions of a conspiracy to deliberately mess up the automated elections.
“May mga haka-haka na total failure of elections, chaos and all kinds of turbulence, a deliberately mismanaged elections to keep President Arroyo in power. Ako, I think it will not happen,” former Comelec chairman Christian Monsod told radio dzMM.
Monsod said that even if there really is a “vast conspiracy” to deliberately mismanage the elections, he doesn’t think the Comelec will allow itself to be part of it.
Click ABS-CBN News