By Paula Antolin | Daily Tribune
Delays attributed to the failure of the contracted systems provider to deliver a fully functioning automated election system led to the failure of elections in the recent national election of the Philippine Councilors League.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) bared this Sunday as it reiterated its commitment to the conduct of a free and honest election for the incoming set of PCL National Officers.
Under the PCL By-Laws, the DILG through the Bureau of Local Government Supervision serves as a member of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the PCL National Elections. As a non-partisan government agency, it helps the PCL ensure the integrity of the election process.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement that the scheduled election last February 26 followed the protocol and opened on time “but was faced with delays attributed to the failure of Converge IT Solutions, the contracted systems provider, to deliver a fully functioning automated election system.”
“Dry runs were conducted to ensure the efficiency of the vote-counting machines but subsequent concerns persisted such as vote duplication of certain registered voters, and issues on the connectivity of majority of the voting terminals,” Malaya said.
There were also various concerns, he added, on the provided voting terminals, limiting the access of persons with disabilities, and even persons of poor eyesight.
Given the numerous technical issues that could not be immediately resolved, the Comelec submitted its report to the PCL National Board who thereafter declared a failure of election.