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The Manila Times – Digitally transform the voter registration process

By Lito Averia | The Manila Times JAN. 20, 2020 marks the resumption of the registration of voters, some 28 months before the May 9, 2022 national and local elections.

Daily Tribune – BBM: Void Smartmatic deal

By Kristina Maralit | Daily Tribune President Rodrigo Duterte, in May 2019, himself called on the Commission on Elections to cut its deal with Smartmatic to ensure a “fraud-free” conduct

Manila Bulletin – Solon wants more independent Comelec

By Charissa Luci-Atienza | Manila Bulletin Another party-list lawmaker is calling on Congress to take a second look at the country’s Omnibus Election Code to strengthen the independence of the

Manila Bulletin – Marcos asks PET to proceed to annul votes in 3 Mindanao provinces in his poll protest

By Rey Panaligan | Manila Bulletin Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to proceed with the process of annulling the results of the

CNN Philippines – Marcos asks PET to ‘re-examine’ results of poll recount where Robredo won

By CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) — Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has not given up on taking the vice president’s seat, as he now asked

The Manila Times – Marcos to SC: Void contested votes from Mindanao precincts

By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday asked the Supreme Court to annul the contested votes from several precincts in Mindanao, saying

Daily Tribune – Electoral dreams in the air

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares | Daily Tribune “In the case of Marcos, if he wins his protest before the scheduled presidential polls, he will have a very good chance of winning

The Manila Times – Amending the Constitution? Consider reengineering the Comelec

By Nelson Celis | The Manila Times LAST week, the House of Representatives passed certain amendments to the provisions of the 1987 Constitution in an executive session, and the Senate

Manila Bulletin – Peralta making headway in instituting reforms at HRET – solon

By Ben Rosario | Manila Bulletin Thanks to the reforms instituted by Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal is expected to dispose of all

Business Mirror – ‘Hybrid’ AES among 3 poll options

By Samuel P. Medenilla | Business Mirror A NEW “hybrid” automated election system (AES) is now among the options of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the 2022 polls. In

Manila Bulletin – Comelec looking at 3 options for automated election system to be used in May 2022 polls

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin At least three options are being looked into by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as possible automated election system (AES) for the May

The Manila Times – Reengineering the automated election system

By Lito Averia | The Manila Times THE process design of the automated election system follows the dictates of Batas Pambansa Bilang 881, otherwise known as the “Omnibus Election Code.”

Metro – General Election voting online would be ‘a mess’ and prone to hacking

By Nell Mackenzie | Metro General elections are expensive to run, often alienate young voters and haven’t changed much in method since 1950. Why can’t technology help elections more and

The Manila Times – Faking politics

By Antonio Contreras | The Manila Times Last of a 3-part series THERE is so much internet space devoted to talking about fake news. If there is something on which

The Philippine Star – Lessons offered by Argentine polls

By Federico D. Pascual Jr. | The Philippine Star A FILIPINO would be amazed by the display of magnanimity in victory and graciousness in defeat in the recent Argentine presidential

The Manila Times – Unveiling the myths about PH automated elections

By Nelson Celis | The Manila Times LAUNCHED in April 2013, the book published by the Center for People Empowerment (CenPEG) titled, Was Your Vote Counted? Unveiling the Myths about

Rappler – Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

By Lian Buan | Rappler The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that ‘they are studying their next move’ MANILA, Philippines –

Business Mirror – Facebook found Andy Bautista

By Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan | Business Mirror MORE than a year ago, I wrote in this column “Andy Bautista: Out of Sight, Out of Mind!” (November 12, 2018). It has

Daily Tribune – Scary movie

By Dean Dela Paz | Daily Tribune “Should the President keel over then the shady questions surrounding Robredo’s grip turns critical, virtually turning her accession to the presidency into a

Manila Bulletin – Should SC start rethinking PET rules?

By Rj Nieto | Manila Bulletin THINKING PINOY Over three years have passed since former Senator Bongbong Marcos filed an electoral protest case against Vice president Leni Robredo, yet we’re