‘Automated polls a new beginning’
Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – For all its imperfections, real or imagined, the first automated elections tomorrow would signal “the beginning of a massive transformational phase in the electoral system of the Philippines,” Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo said yesterday.
“We are finally moving away from the known flaws and weaknesses of the old ways of doing things and toward an automated election system that promises a speedy and accurate count, a highly efficient reporting mechanism that democratizes the count and canvass of election results, and most importantly, the extinction of dagdag-bawas (vote padding and vote shaving),” Melo said.
Massive cheating and violence characterized past Philippine elections, including the one in 2004 in which President Arroyo won the presidency allegedly through fraud with the help of some Comelec officials.
via Philippine Star.
World’s eyes on Manila on election day
WASHINGTON – The Philippines’ first attempt on Monday at an automated election intended to curtail massive graft and fraud inherent to hand counts could lead to unintended disaster if the computerized system fails, US political and media analysts said.
“Fear of the unknown – will the machines work; will the power be reliable; will there be enough machines to allow every voter to cast his/her vote; can the software be manipulated? – accounts for part of the concern,” said Ernest Bower of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan Washington-based foreign policy think tank.
The Washington Post and The Washington Times said latest surveys showed Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III way ahead of his competitors and it appeared likely he would win the presidential stakes.
Via Phil. Star