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Daily Tribune – Same old Comelec questionable ways

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares | Daily Tribune Just some two months after the 2019 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is readying for two million new registered voters for the presidential

Malaya – Exam-style voting better than automation?

By Myla Iglesias | Malaya The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has proposed alternative voting methods wherein voters could cast their ballots using freehand, barcode stickers and “exam


By Jose Alejandrino May 2016 The plan, as I wrote previously, was to stop Duterte from winning the presidency. Leni Robredo was chosen as the liberal vice-presidential candidate because she

DICT to present proposed alternative automated election system

By Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) 20 June 2019 — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to present its proposal for an alternative automated

The Manila Times – Comelec’s bad choice of an election system

By Gus Lagman | The Manila Times THE initial impression of wonderment – even adulation – over the Smartmatic election system in 2010 is fading very fast. Not only is

The Philippine Star – Probe launched on ballot box found floating in Maguindanao swamp

By John Unson | The Philippine Star MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — Authorities are now investigating on who dumped a plastic box containing May 13, 2019 election returns in a swamp that – Ballot box, poll documents found in Maguindanao marsh

By COTABATO CITY — A ballot box used in the May 13 elections turned up in a marshland in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao province, last week, prompting residents to call

Manila Bulletin – The challenge of elections

By Atty. Gregorio Y. Larrazabal | Manila Bulletin #ASKGOYO It is quite easy to point fingers and blame whomever for the failures or problems of the last midterm elections or

Business World – Vote-Shaming in the Midterm Elections

By Pilar Pajayon-Berse | Business World “Yung mga boboto sa mga taong ’to, paki-unfriend ako please. Wala akong kaibigang bobo.” (Those who will vote for the following candidates, please unfriend

The Philippine Star – Dumping Smartmatic

By Ana Marie Pamintuan | The Philippine Star Consider this happening in the 2022 general elections: you shade the circles beside the names on the ballot. The ballot is placed

The Philippine Star – New election tech provider seen by yearend

By Richmond Mercurio | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines could have a new election technology provider before the year ends. “Maybe by the end of this year,

The Manila Times – What legal basis are you referring to, Comelec?

By Nelson Celis | The Manila Times THIS question is being tossed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with regard to its response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to get

The Manila Times – Actionable information is critical in political campaigns

By Ma. Lourdes Tiquia | The Manila Times IF you want to revolutionize campaigning in the country, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should make public the data set from the

Manila Bulletin – Outsmarted again

By Jullie Y. Daza | Manila Bulletin MEDIUM RARE Everyone and his sister-in-law have something unsavory to say about Smartmatic, everybody including President Duterte, Sen. Koko Pimentel, even opposition Sen.

Manila Bulletin – Automation 2.0

By Atty. Gregorio Y. Larrazabal | Manila Bulletin Last week we discussed a short overview on the history of automated elections in the Philippines. I ended by saying that people – Bishop Pabillo: Is the Comelec compromised?

By Faye Orellana | MANILA, Philippines — Is the Commission on Elections (Comelec) compromised? Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo asked on Monday citing the technical issues during the recently

Manila Standard – Duterte fears war in 2022 polls with use of Smartmatic

By Manila Standard President Rodrigo Duterte said the continued use of Smartmatic as a technology provider in future elections could trigger a war among politicians. “If you use that in

The Manila Times – Duterte: Revolt likely if Smartmatic stays

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times Some people might revolt if Smartmatic continues to handle the country’s elections, President Rodrigo Duterte warned as he insisted that the technology

Daily Tribune – Hybrid may work

By TEB | Daily Tribune The search for a new elections system provider has practically started after President Rody Duterte made a statement about removing even a tinge of doubt

Malaya – Comelec pressed: Explain glitches, LP says anomalies affect 3M votes

By Vince Nonato | Malaya THE opposition Liberal Party yesterday pressed the Commission on Elections for an explanation on alleged anomalies in the May 13 elections that supposedly affected at