COMELEC, mas gustong gamitin ang brand new voting machines para sa 2016 elections

admin   •   January 8, 2015   •   3189

FILE PHOTO: Ang Precinct Count Optical Scan o PCOS machine na naging bahagi na ng 2 national elections. (ROMALDO MICO SOLON / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Kung nasunod ang orihinal na plano nang COMELEC, wala na sanang uusbong na mga katanungan kaugnay sa paghahanda nito sa nalalapit na 2016 presidential elections.

Sa panayam ng programang Get it Straight with Kuya Daniel Razon, sinabi ni COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. na naiwasan sana ang mga pagdududa kung naisakatuparan ang orihinal na planong mga bagong voting machine ang gagamitin sa darating na halalan.

Ngunit dahil sa kakulangan ng budget at sa rekomendasyon na rin ng COMELEC Advisory Council noong Agosto ay ginamit ang mga lumang PCOS machine.

“Gusto namin noong una, bibili na lang ng bago para wala nang ingay.”

Nahaharap ngayon sa kaliwa’t kanang batikos ang COMELEC matapos ibigay nito sa Smartmatic ang refurbishment o pagkukumpuni sa 82,000 PCOS machines na gagamitin sa 2016 presidential elections.

Ilang grupo na rin ang nagbanta na dadalhin sa Korte Suprema ang usapin.

Paliwanag naman ng COMELEC, tanging diagnostics pa lang ng mga makina ang pinayagang gawin ng Smartmatic.

Ito ay upang makita kung may kailangang kumpunihin.

Ayon kay Brillantes, ibang usapan na ang pagsasagawa ng major repair sa mga makina na pwede umanong idaan sa public bidding, ngunit sa Smartmatic pa rin bibilhin ang mga piyesang gagamitin.

“Sila may gawa ng hardware, sila may control sa software, bakit patitingnan sa ibang casa na di sila ang gumawa? Sabi nga ng isang gagawa, kakalasin at bubuksan. Pero sa Smartmatic, isang tingin lang, kita na nila ang problema,” ani Brillantes.

Giit pa nito, iniiwasan nila ang magipit sa panahon dahil kung idadaan sa bidding ang diagnostic, tinatayang aabutin pa ito ng dalawang buwan o higit pa.

Nitong Disyembre lang rin naaprubahan ang budget para dito kaya ngayon lang nila mauumpisahan ang proseso ng refurbishment.

“Kung di umabot, di magagamit ang 80,000 PCOS, babalik tayo sa manual.”

Nanindigan din si Brillantes na walang midnight deal sa kasunduan nito sa Smartmatic. (Victor Cosare / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

COMELEC to launch mobile registration app on June 15

Robie de Guzman   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A mobile application that aims to streamline the voter registration process will be launched on Tuesday, June 15, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said Monday.

In a statement, COMELEC said the launching of the Mobile Registration Form App will be held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

The mobile app can be accessed with any smartphone even when offline, the poll body said.

“The launch of the mobile app is very timely in the face of mobility restrictions brought about by COVID-19, because you will only need a smartphone to accomplish the form. This will save time, effort and money that will otherwise be spent on going to a computer shop to download and print the form, or getting the form at the local COMELEC to fill it out manually,” said COMELEC Commissioner Marlon Casquejo, who conceptualized the project.

“A QR Code is generated upon successful accomplishment of the form. You must save the QR Code on your smartphone, and afterwards, you may visit your local COMELEC office to have your QR Code scanned and your biometrics taken,” he added.

The Mobile Registration Form App is downloadable through the link, bit.ly/MobileFormApp. It can also be shared offline from one Android smartphone to another through SHAREit or any other file-sharing application.

Once installed, the user may already apply for voter registration without need for internet connectivity.

COMELEC said that the app was rolled out in select pilot areas at the start of June.

“It is currently being implemented in more than 500 cities and municipalities nationwide, including National Capital Region (NCR), Cebu City and Davao City,” it added.

Steps on using the Mobile Registration Form App:

  • Open the mobile app, and tap “Get Started”
  • Select the desired type of application and tap “Proceed”
  • Input all the necessary personal information
  • Confirm your personal information by ticking the checkbox
  • Tap “Generate QR Code” and “Save” to save it in your phone gallery
  • Bring a valid ID upon visiting your local COMELEC office for your QR Code scanning.

“For any question or clarification about the mobile app, our Voter Care Center hotlines on mobile (+63 927 5595 926), Facebook (facebook.com/comelec.ph) and Twitter (twitter.com/COMELEC) are open to the public,” Spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Comelec eyes limited face-to-face campaign

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) still has yet to release official guidelines for the campaign in the 2022 national elections.

Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho Jrsaid the agency will still allow physical campaigning. However, the Comelec commissioner said they will discourage physical interaction which would put the public and the candidates at risk.

“We will probably limit the number of people to attend, the time, as well as ang walang interaction, in the sense that magkaroon ang pagha-handshake, maghahawak ng babies, maghahalik ng mga babies. Idi-discourage na namin iyan,” he said.

(We will also limit interaction. We will discourage handshakes and holding and kissing babies.)

Comelec is also encouraging candidates to campaign using social media. It will also consider limiting the expenses in social media campaigns similar to campaign spending in broadcast advertisements.

The agency is also considering launching a website to accommodate candidates in their campaign activities.

“We will be strict on that matter especially we anticipate that this coming election, social media presence will be a major thing for campaigns. It’s a great equalizer probably for people, for candidates with less funding,” Kho said.

The campaign period for the national candidates will begin on February 8 until May 7, 2022, and that for local candidates will begin on March 27 until May 7, 2022.

Meanwhile, Comelec is also looking into setting schedules for candidates to file their certificates of candidacy in October to avoid crowding and mass gatherings in their office. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Comelec begins drafting guidelines for online campaigning

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) sees the benefits of online platforms for candidates in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Given the current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need for such a mode of campaigning to curb COVID-19 transmission.

According to Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, they are still finalizing the guidelines on the use of online platforms in election campaigning.

Comelec stressed that the poll body is looking for other methods that the candidates may adopt amid the COVID-19 situation.

“It’s not really advisable for the candidates to go on a face to face campaign. I think we may limit or we may introduce some other forms of campaign that the candidates can adopt,” said Commissioner Aimee Ferolino.

For election watchdog Kontra Daya, one crucial aspect that needs to be closely monitored is the campaign spending of every candidate.

The group said some have already  started campaigning. The Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has released a list of potential bets who have begun posting campaign feelers on social media.

Another important aspect that needs monitoring is the possible spread of misinformation or the so-called negative campaigning.

“Kailangan talaga na tingnang mabuti ang kanilang mga mensahe. Bakit sila naging instant commercial model? Bakit merong silang biglaan infomercial na isinasagawa? Ilang buwan bago yung formal na campaign period,” said Danilo Arao, Kontra Daya’s convenor.

The group suggests allowing face-to-face campaigning but with limitations because not all candidates can afford the huge cost of radio, TV and internet campaigning. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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