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The Philippine Star – Comelec exec rejects DICT-proposed ballot layout for 2022

By Sheila Crisostomo | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday thumbed down the proposed ballot face of the Department of Information

Business World – Smartmatic presents paperless voting

By Business World ELECTION solutions company Smartmatic is offering a new technology that foregoes paper ballots to prevent voting errors. In a statement on Tuesday, Smartmatic said it presented the

Philippine News Agency – Resolve automated poll issues before looking for new tech

By Ferdinand Patinio | Philippine News Agency MANILA — An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the problems with the existing automated election system (AES) should be discussed

Manila Bulletin – Comelec official likens ballot proposed by DICT to a ‘lotto ticket’

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin The proposed ballot of the automated election system (AES) present by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) did not impress Commission

Business Mirror – Smartmatic signals intent to bid for supply of new voting machines in 2022

By Samuel P. Medenilla | Business Mirror SMARTMATIC International has renewed its bid to supply the new voting machines to be used by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the

The Manila Times – Comelec searching for new poll technology

By William Depasupil | The Manila Times THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is scouting for a new technology that can be used to improve its automated election (AES) system in

Philippine News Agency – Smartmatic must shape up or be replaced as tech provider: DICT

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz | Philippine News Agency MANILA—Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. on Monday said Smartmatic Philippines Inc. faces stiff competition and

Philippine News Agency – DICT bats for improvement of election transparency thru tech fair

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz | Philippine News Agency MANILA — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) showcased different ways of improving transparency and efficiency of the automated

Rappler – Smartmatic still wants to be part of Philippine elections

By Ralf Rivas | Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Technology company Smartmatic remains optimistic that it will still be the government’s pick to be the provider of vote-counting machines (VCMs) for

Manila Bulletin – Preparing for 2022 – Cleansing the voter database

By Atty. Gregorio Y. Larrazabal | Manila Bulletin #ASKGOYO Last week we did the second of a series on what needs to be done to prepare for the May, 2022,

The Manila Times – Voter’s education: Surmounting an electoral misgiving

By The Manila Times As our nation prepares for a pivotal midterm election this May 13, how I wish that the Philippines could be first transformed into a “classroom” with

Daily Tribune – Rid country of “Fraudmatic” polls

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares | Daily Tribune So what was that zarzuela Filipinos were treated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners in the so-called bidding of an automated election system

Manila Bulletin – 11 election cases filed before HRET

By Ben Rosario | Manila Bulletin At least 11 cases of election protests and quo warranto petitions have been filed before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), it was

The Manila Times – Comelec’s eerie silence

By Gus Lagman | The Manila Times THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is not expected to be a noisy lot, but it is not expected to be too silent either.

The Manila Times – Sotto bats for hybrid elections

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd pushed for the adoption of a “hybrid” election system to address issues hounding the automated elections system.

Inquirer.net – Imee Marcos seeks to end Smartmatic ‘control’ over PH automated polls

By Christia Marie Ramos | Inquirer.net MANILA, Philippines — Neophyte Senator Imee Marcos has filed a bill that would end the “control” of the country’s current automated election system (AES)

Manila Bulletin – Promoting participatory elections — preparing for 2022

By Atty. Gregorio Y. Larrazabal | Manila Bulletin #ASKGOYO Last week we started the discussion on what needs to be done in preparing for the May 2022, presidential elections. I

Philippine Senate – Marcos moves to end Smartmatic dominance, files bill to allow other automated election system service providers.

By Philippine Senate (9 JULY 2019) – Senator Imee Marcos seeks to end Comelec bondage to Smartmatic and render Philippine elections more transparent and reflective of the people’s will. The

The Philippine Star – Voters’ list to undergo cleansing — Comelec

By Mayen Jaymalin | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — After the midterm polls, the voters’ list will undergo cleansing again, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported yesterday. Teopisto Elnas,

Manila Bulletin – VP Robredo sees no problem with Imee Marcos taking electoral reforms committee

By Raymund Antonio| Manila Bulletin Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo sees no problem with Senator Imee Marcos taking the Senate committee on electoral reforms in the 18th Congress. Robredo