Manila Standard - Comelec set to test new mobile voting app

3 February 2020

By Manila Standard

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said on Monday that the commission will soon test a mobile app that may be used for voting in the country’s elections.

In a statement, Guanzon said they are looking at four suppliers of a mobile app voting program or system that have offered to conduct a test run for Comelec.

“If successful, we will ask Congress to pass a law,” she said.

“We will test it muna. We will be transparent with mobile app voting testing,” she added.

Guanzon said the poll body would invite representatives from election watchdogs Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, Lente and the National Movement for Free Elections to observe and critique the proceedings.

Under the present Automated Election law, votes can only be cast by being physically present in voting centers and feeding the ballot to vote-counting machines.

In the 2019 midterm polls, at least 961 Vote Counting Machines malfunctioned and 1,665 secure digital cards were corrupted on election day.

The Comelec said each VCM caters to at least 1,000 registered voters, which means that defective VCMs could have affected at least one million voters.