Pagkakaroon ng bagong voting machine, pinag-aaralan ng COMELEC

admin   •   January 28, 2014   •   4800

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)

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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