Comelec advisory council thumbs down automated vote test

It’s a no-go for the planned pilot test of an automated election system in 12 areas in the Philippines, an advisory council to the Commission on Elections announced Wednesday. This was consistent with earlier recommendations made by a previous council.


MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 4) The technical advisory council of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has concluded that there is not enough time and both the poll body and solutions providers are not ready to pilot-test the automated election system (AES) in May.

Lorenzo Formoso III of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) and designated spokesman of the advisory council, said the body approved a resolution during its meeting Wednesday, saying that “essentially, we won’t push through with the automations of the elections.”

He said the council cited three reasons for not recommending the pilot-testing of the automated voting: “First, the readiness of the solutions provider; second, the readiness of Comelec and; third, the lack of time” to set up the systems, train personnel and educate people on the new voting system.

You can also see more details from Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez’s personal blog

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