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The Philippine Star – Erasing all doubts

By Jose C. Sison | The Philippine Star Up to now, talks are still ongoing about the elections held last May 13, 2019. People cannot forget and are still entertaining

Journal Online – ‘Extradite, sue ex-Comelec chief Bautista’

By Journal Online THE call of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban Smartmatic and look for a new system free of fraud earns overwhelming support from different sectors of the society,

Daily Tribune – Non-accountable Comelec again

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares | Daily Tribune As expected, nothing substantial came out of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Automated Election System (JCOC-AES) and, again, predictably claimed it had found

Journal Online – No Smartmatic sa ’22

By Journal Online BBM camp: Deport Bautista back to PH. UMANI ng napakaraming reaksyon at suporta ang ginawang direktiba ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Commission on Election (Comelec) na ibasura

ABS-CBN News – Gov’t eyes digital signatures to better secure 2022 polls

By ABS-CBN News MANILA – The government is planning to use digital signatures in the 2022 elections to enhance the security features of vote-counting machines, a Cabinet official said Tuesday.

Business Mirror – Comelec’s not-so-smart choice

By Business Mirror In a speech before the Filipino community in Tokyo last week, President Duterte urged the Commission on Elections to get rid of Smartmatic and get a fraud-free

Daily Tribune – DICT to present tech provider for polls

By Daily Tribune The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Tuesday revealed that it will present an alternative technology provider to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) within the

Manila Bulletin – President Duterte speaks out on elections

By Manila Bulletin Congress passed RA 9369 in 2007 calling for automated elections and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tried the new system in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao

ABS-CBN News – Comelec must decide, act swiftly on poll tech change: ex-commissioner

By ABS-CBN News MANILA- The Commission on Elections should start looking for a new technology provider for the 2022 polls this year if it decides to heed President Rodrigo Duterte’s

The Philippine Star – Congress joint panel to start probe on poll glitches

By Paolo Romero | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — The Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System (JCOC-AES) will conduct an inquiry tomorrow into the voting and

Manila Bulletin – A post mortem on automated elections

By Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal | Manila Bulletin (Part 1) The Commission on Elections started the push to automate Philippine elections as early as 1992. In June, 1995, Congress approved Republic

The Philippine Star – Hybrid voting system pushed anew by lawmakers

By Delon Porcalla | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — Members of the House of Representatives have renewed their call for the conduct of a hybrid voting system in the – Namfrel seeks amendments to election automation law

By Jovic Yee | MANILA, Philippines — The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) urged lawmakers to amend the election automation law so local technology firms would be

Manila Bulletin – Catholic prelate pushes anew for the adoption of a hybrid election system

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said this following the call of President Duterte to the Commission on Elections to dispose of the vote

The Philippine Star – Comelec studying sale of VCMs

By Sheila Crisostomo | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — After President Duterte’s criticism of Smartmatic, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is now looking at the possibility of selling the

Rappler – Comelec to study Duterte call to junk Smartmatic machines

By Sofia Tomacruz | Rappler (3rd UPDATE) ‘Kakailanganin natin ng legal basis to ban any supplier. ‘Yun ang titingnan natin,’ says Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez MANILA, Philippines (3rd

The Philippine Star – Banning Smartmatic a step toward an election system free from foreign intervention, fraud — watchdog

By The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — Blacklisting Smartmatic as the automated election system provider is a step toward achieving an election that is free from fraud and foreign intervention,

GMA News Online – Comelec: Local suppliers with enough automated poll experience yet to come out

By Llanesca T. Panti | GMA News Online The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is not keen on tapping local technology providers for automated elections for now as none has come

CNN Philippines – Goodbye, Smartmatic? COMELEC says legal basis needed to ban poll technology provider

By Eimor Santos | CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 31) — The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Friday said it cannot instantly blacklist Smartmatic as advised by President – Losing candidates seek special polls in Lanao

By Tina G. Santos | Four losing gubernatorial candidates in Lanao del Sur have asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to nullify the results of the midterm polls in