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Pagkakaroon ng bagong voting machine, pinag-aaralan ng COMELEC

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

FILE PHOTO: Ang PCOS machine habang inihahanda ng mga Board of Election Tellers sa paggamit nitong nakaraang 2013 Midterm Elections sa isang presinto sa Cebu.  Bagama't nabili na ng COMELEC ang mga PCOS machines na ito mula sa SMARTMATIC, hindi naman isinasara ng Komisyon ang pagkakaroon ng mas bago at mas maayos na mga voting machines dahil sa pag-usad ng teknolohiya. (JULIUS CASTROVERDE / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Ang PCOS o Precinct Count Optical Scan machine habang inihahanda ng mga Board of Election Tellers sa paggamit nitong nakaraang 2013 Midterm Elections sa isang presinto sa Cebu. Bagama’t nabili na ng COMELEC ang mga PCOS machines na ito mula sa SMARTMATIC, hindi naman isinasantabi ng Komisyon ang ideya na pagkakaroon ng mas bago at mas maayos na mga voting machines dahil sa pag-usad ng teknolohiya. (JULIUS CASTROVERDE / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Pinag-aaralan na ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ang mga PCOS o Precinct Count Optical Scan machine na binili sa kumpanyang Smartmatic na ginamit noong 2010 at 2013 nationwide automated elections.

Partikular na ipinasusuri kung maayos pang magagamit ang hardware system ng mahigit 82,000 na makina makalipas ang apat na taon.

Ayon kay Director James Jimenez, pinagiisipan ng COMELEC kung tuluyang isasantabi na ang mga ito at bibili ng bago.

“Gusto natin na i-explore yung possibility na ‘what if there are better system?’ Like I said, maganda na tayo dun sa sistemang ginamit natin pero syempre umuusad rin naman yung teknolohiya so kelangan maging bukas rin tayo dyan,” pahayag nito.

Sa ngayon ay wala pang malinaw na desisyon ang commission en banc kaugnay sa pagkuha ng bagong voting technology.

Nakatutok pa rin ito sa paghahanda ng continuing voters registration at sa pagpapatupad ng mandatory biometric system simula sa Abril.

Subalit sinabi ni Jimenez na upang hindi magahol sa panahon, dapat nang simulan ang bidding process pagpasok ng 2015.

Tiniyak din nito na isasapinal ng en banc ang desisyon bago tuluyang magretiro ang dalawang senior commissioner kasama si Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. sa February 2015.

“Hindi pwedeng iiwan dun sa bagong darating, kasi yung bagong darating eh darating 2015, one year before the elections so hindi sya ganung ka-stiff sa information at sa technology.”

Sinabi pa ni Director James Jimenez na kung bibili ng bagong voting machine ay kailangang maaprubahan ang malaking pondo na nagkakahalaga ng P11.3 bilyon.

Saad nito, “Among other things, kaya mura yung ginagamit natin ngayon, relatively speaking kasi isa lang per precinct, kapag gumamit ng touch screen na voting, isa yun sa umuusbong na terknolohiya na dating pinaguusapan na pero ngayoy pinaguusapan uli, more than one per precinct, atleast 4”

Samantala, nilinaw rin ni Jimenez na hindi ang pagtutol ng ilan sa PCOs machine ang dahilan ng pagiisip ng COMELEC na bumili ng bago.

Naniniwala ito na tanggap na ng karamihan at alam na ang paggamit ng lumang makina.

“Kung talagang titignan mo yung datos, yung publiko walang problema, hindi sila nagrereklamo, ang nagrereklamo yung natalo,” dagdag pa nito. (Pong Mercado / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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Overseas absentee voting kicks off April 13

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Dubai participates in 2013 Philippine elections through overseas absentee voting (OAV). (Lonix Foto Grafix | PVI)

MANILA, Philippines – The month-long overseas absentee voting (OAV) has begun today, April 13.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) said there are a total of 1,822,173 overseas voters for this election. Majority of this voters are land-based workers totaling 1,779,140 while 43,033 are sea-based workers.

In photos taken by UNTV News and Rescue team in Singapore (correspondent Queenie Ballon), some of the registered Filipino voters there have lined up early at the Philippine Embassy to cast their votes.

Overseas Filipino worker Bobby Catolos, who has been working in Singapore for 20 years now, said he makes it a point to consistently exercise his right to suffrage since 2007.

In Hongkong, the UNTV News and Rescue team (correspondent Ferdie Petalio) reported that Filipinos there also went to cast their votes early despite the inclement weather.

Comelec-OFOV said most of the registered voters are in the Middle East and African region followed by the Asia Pacific, North and Latin America and European region.

However, there will be no OAV in three areas—Damascus in Syria, Tripoli in Libya and Baghdad in Iraq—due to the ongoing tensions there.

READ: DFA raises alert level 3 in Libya

Comelec said that of the 83 countries or Philippine posts, 41 will use vote counting machines (VCM), while Filipinos abroad within the jurisdictions of the remaining 42 areas will use the manual system of voting, either personal or through postal.

The 41 posts that will use VCMs include Agana, Brunei, Calgary, Chicago, Canberra, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Macau, New York, Ottawa, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Wellington, Athens, London, Madrid, Rome, Milan, Beirut, Abu Dhabu, Kuwait, Manama, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Muscat, AL-Khobar, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.

The 42 countries that will use postal voting are Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzho, Hanoi, Islamad, Mexico, Santiago, Port Moresby, Yangon, Ankara, Berne, Budapes, Berline, Brussels, Budapest, Lusbon, Moscow, Geneva, Oslo, Paris, The Hague, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague, Cairo, Pretoria and Abuja.

Personal voting will be used in Jakarta, Dhaka, Dili, Manado, New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Xiamen, Shanghai, Vatican, Amman, Tehran and Nairobi.

Comelec-OFOV hopes for higher voter turnout this election than the 16 percent recorded in 2007 and 2013 polls.

The overseas absentee voting will last until May 13. – Robie de Guzman

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Comelec spox calls on politicians to spare dogs from politicking

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A photo of a dog with a campaign sticker on its body has gone viral on social media.

No less than Commission on Election (Comelec) Spokesperson Director James Jimenez posted the image on his Twitter account with the caption:

“Seriously. Isn’t it enough that politicking has already trashed the country you claim to love, you’ve got to harass dogs too?”

Netizens condemned what they claim as animal cruelty or a form of political gimmickry.

Jimenez did not mention any violation that corresponds the act but at the end of the caption, he called on the public to “Leave.Dogs.Alone.” – Marje Pelayo

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Comelec suspends polls for House seats in Southern Leyte

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold special elections for the two new legislative districts in Southern Leyte after the conduct of the May midterm polls.

Under Comelec Resolution 10513 released on March 25, the election of lawmakers for the two congressional districts can no longer be held on May 13, 2019 following the enactment of the Republic Act (RA) 11198.  

Last February, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the RA 11198 which divided the lone district of Southern Leyte into two.

Under the law, the first district shall be composed of the city of Maasin, and the towns of Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Limasawa, Tomas Oppus, Bontoc and Malitbog.

The second district shall be comprised of Sogod, Libagon, Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, St. Bernard, Anahawan, San Juan, Hinunangan, Hinundayan and Silago.

Comelec said the present configuration of the electoral data for the lone district of the Southern Leyte can no longer be modified.

“The present configuration can no longer be revised or modified in time for the May 13 elections without jeopardizing the preparations for the election of other positions,” the resolution stated.

The poll body said the votes for the said position in the upcoming polls will be considered stray.

“In case the position for member, House of Representatives is voted upon in the May 13 elections, all votes for the said position shall be considered stray,” the commission said.

Comelec noted that the special elections for Southern Leyte Representatives will be conducted within six months after the May 13 polls.

The election in the province for the positions of Senator, Party-list representatives and local elective posts shall proceed as scheduled on May, Comelec said.

“The incumbent Representative of the Lone district of the Province of Southern Leyte, he/she shall continue to represent the legislative district until noon of June 30, 2019,” the resolution said. – Robie de Guzman

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