Comelec reiterates that the law mandates automated polls in the country

March 12, 2014 10:26 am 

MANILA, March 11 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reiterated that the law mandates that elections in the country are automated.

“Sa totoo lang, it is in the law na mandatory ang automated elections,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes in an interview.

The poll body chief is reacting on the proposal of some lawmakers that the voting process be reverted to manual system.

“They (legislators) can always propose, let’s see if it will be approved. We will follow whatever Congress orders us. We’ll see what will happen if we return to manual voting,” Brillantes said.

Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza is pushing for a manual system of voting but backed with electronic transmission.

He noted the reported glitches encountered in the previous polls, particularly in the May 2010 national polls and May 2013 midterm elections.

Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez supports the proposal to revert to the manual process of voting.

In the last two electoral exercises, the Comelec utilized the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, automating the election process from voting to the transmitting of results from the polling precincts to the poll body’s main server, as provided for by Republic Act No. 9369 or the poll automation law. (PNA)

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