Automated Election: Are we ready?

The Malacañang's Department of Budget and Management produce the P11.9 billion supplemental budget for this coming election which will be automated. Christian Monsod has been explaining how the Open Election System method of automation works.

“Monsod stressed that the proposed OES-based automated election system, combined with an optical mark recognition (OMR) technology, could cost government about P8 billion for the equipment and operations. If Comelec prefers getting the OES automated election system alone, it will cost around P4 billion."

And he added that "The choice of automation technology and its successful implementation is key to the credibility of the elections."

What was really the "Automated Election"?

Based on the Senate Bill No. 2231: (13th Congress) which entitled:

AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8436, ENTITLED AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS TO USE AN AUTOMATED ELECTION SYSTEM IN THE MAY 11, 1998 NATIONAL OR LOCAL ELECTIONS AND IN SUBSEQUENT NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTORAL EXERCISES, TO ENCOURAGE TRANSPARENCY, CREDIBILITY, FAIRNESS AND ACCURACY OF ELECTIONS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 881, AS AMENDED, REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7166 AND OTHER RELATED ELECTIONS LAWS, PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

On section 2 on the said article defines the automated election system as:
A system using appropriate technology for voting, counting, consolidating, canvassing, transmission of election results and other processes in the conduct of electoral exercises.

Equipments or components that are being used for Automated Election:

  1. Counting machine - a machine that uses an optical scanning mark-sense reading
  2. Data storage device - a device used to electronically store counting and device of any similar advanced technology to count ballots; canvassing results, such as, memory pack or diskette;
  3. Computer set - a set of equipment containing regular components, i.e., monitor, central processing unit or CPU, keyboard and printer;
  4. National Ballot - refers to the ballot to be used in the automated election system for the purpose of the May 1998 elections. This shall contain the names of the candidates for president, vice-president, senators and parties, organizations or coalitions participating under the party-list system;

    This ballot shall be counted by the counting machine:

  5. Local Ballot - refers to the ballot on which the voter will manually write the names of the candidates of his/her choice for member of the House of Representatives, governor,vice-governor, members of the provincial board, mayor, vice-mayor, and members of the city municipal council.
  6. Board of Election inspector - there shall be a Board of Election Inspectors in every precinct composed of three (3) regular members who shall conduct the voting, counting and recording of votes in the polling place.

Many questions and complains arise from this issue such as:

  • How reliable can be the automated election system be?
    Some people said that anything that is being done through computerized would be easier to falsify.
  • In the side of indigenous people it would be hard for them to vote if the election will be done automatically because some of them are illiterate.


Advantages of the system to this coming 2010 election:

  • There will be no ballot box snatching as the ERs are transmitted electronically for canvassing
  • There is less work for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI)
  • If all precincts are connected, national results can be produced within one hour after the close of voting
  • There is automated tally of votes at the city/municipal level
  • The DRE can include an automated voter validation system
  • Canvassing at the city/municipal and provincial levels is almost instantaneous
  • There is an instantaneous tally of votes at the precinct level
  • Ballots are pre-printed and voters simply mark choices

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lady password 7 years ago

dili jud oa.,


junarie 7 years ago

this kind of project is very selfish for the people who belong in lower class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111


larizza ann ramos 7 years ago

hayzzzz...wat else is new??? automated or not... it still da same system, cheating here cheating there, hahha....even though we are automated we can't still sure about it...... PHILIPPHINES SYSTEM STILL BE A SYSTEM OF TERMITES>>>!!!!!!!!!!


kurt 7 years ago

hai miss larizza ann ramos ,,,,, pakiclear sa spelling sa "PHILIPPHINES" dalawa talaga ang H....JAJAJA.....NAGSKUL PA U....WER U STUDY...AS IN THAT TALAGA ANG SPELLING.....GOODLUCK SA FUTURE MOH....JEJE


joy 7 years ago

well, it is good to have an automated election, but still walang magiging malinis na election hangat may MGA BUHAYA sa gobyerno....


eye_zah 7 years ago

people,, don't b cynical about this... comelec and the govt try to do somthn about 1 of our major problems here..and that solution could be automation.. y dont we look at it positively and be instruments of change.. let's support this project and do the best we can to ispire others for the upcoming election--do voter's ed....


jo 7 years ago

haiizzz.. pagod n me mrinig contradictories


kath 7 years ago

tama kah kurt.... mali nga spelling nia... and 4 dt ito ang sau larizza.... whahahahahaha....... mali pa ang grammar moh.... "we can't still sure about it"... duh?? wt trying to say??? gud luck na lang sau....

well... well.. well. tingnan na lang natin ang magaganap na halalan.. let's pray 4 a gud leader..


jamy 7 years ago

ahahahahahaha !!!!!!this automated system surely suck's,


jamy 7 years ago

ahahahahahaha !!!!!!this automated system surely suck's,


trish 7 years ago

i really like your blog. this will really help me do my homework much better even though some statements is not that clear for me. but, aside from that, your blog really help me. ty!!=)!


jansen 7 years ago

buli! maray pang mag kiritotan na sana kita


liez 7 years ago

even though we are using an automated system there can be a possibility that they could cheat it is use less in using this new system if the people securing it will be the first one who will do this immoral election...


vanity 7 years ago

hayzzzzzzzz!!!!!!

pede ba magsawa naman kau sa

mga pinag gagagawa nyong kalokohan


leahna illajos 7 years ago

ok lang maging automated para maia naman..

kaya lang kailangan muna ma-educate lahat para mas effective


janefelix 6 years ago

automated election is much convinient in our society today.in the case of the united state they are also do this kind of election but how about hacker?????


maekan 6 years ago

hai!!! lalong magiging terible

buhay natin nito>...tsk...tsk...

mas lalo nating di maiintindihan mga bagay bagay!!!!111


ness 6 years ago

Isn't Automated election is a subject to change? R.A. 8436 speaks about ENCOURAGING TRANSPARENCY, CREDIBILITY, FAIRNESS AND ACCURACY OF ELECTIONS.

Sounds good, but does it make sense? kung may mga tao parin na maimpluensiya at makapangyarihan na nagpapailalim sa kanikanilang kasakiman sa kapangyarihan? well, whatever hope this coming election will be the starting point of GOOD CHANGES.


cheryl 6 years ago

i am very doubtful with this automated election because not all knows how to use the computers.. even teachers in mountain barangays is illiterate in computers so i guess this would not be effective.


april 6 years ago

hope to have automated election thesis example soon?


anreb 6 years ago

go0o0dluck......................


itzian 6 years ago

Ahhhhhhhhhhh nag-uuol ninyong mag english.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maray pa ko bicolano.hahahah!!!!!!!!

migkulog sana pau ko kiton na magkaraisip.hahahahaHHHH

uda man pagbabago dawa kung paunuwon pa ton nira .....


justin 6 years ago

c'me guy's, let's educate r self to have a good election ok!!


Gail alvarez 6 years ago

whatever it was, high tech or not, if greediness is what they need, this system is null and void....


punyeta_kau 6 years ago

anu b yan tang ina ang tagal!


aeonnica 6 years ago

at least bago na pamamalakad this coming election

ang problema baka maging ignorante ang mga tao at masayang lang ang boto i saw the list of the candidates ni wala akong mapagpilian.


mark kevin 6 years ago

it is better to use automated election if u look either way..even we cant stop such immoral actions during election..our technology have been upgraded..we cant just stick to our former way forever..


SHIELA OF BASILAN 6 years ago

automated election daw!!

PARA AUTOMATED DIN ANG DAYAAN !JAJAJA WISE DIN KEO NO PARA MADALING MAMANIPULATE . NICE THINKING HAH!!


Marisel 6 years ago

No Comment!......................................................................................................................................


jynscy 6 years ago

yea,,,,,what else is new!!!!we have an absurd system of government....kaasar!!!!!!!!!


jervaine 6 years ago

automated election is very much appreciated but my point is, are the government really sure that there are no BIASES which will be happen??? COMELEC...be ready, cigurado kapag pumalpak kayo, marami ang kokontra sa inyo in the future....


cyrus 6 years ago

i don't think if it would be successful!!!


rocky 6 years ago

gastos lang yan


enthusiasticlady 6 years ago

. . .oh no^_^!

. . .no COMMENT!


braulio 6 years ago

automated is better than manual voting..anu ba?..dapat nalang ba tayo mag stick sa ating dating gawi?..mag vote tayo tapos dadayain lang nila?..mas mabuti nato kasi less yung pandadaya kesa sa manual na totally madadaya talaga. dapat maging open tayo sa changes. judgemental kasi kayo.


LJ 6 years ago

BWESET KA U


Dhie 6 years ago

buwaya tlg mag nsa pwesto T_T


rayson 6 years ago

yah correct hehe


DHIE 6 years ago

KUNG YANG PERA NYO INUUBOS NIO SA ADVERTISING NIO ,SA ADS SA ETC

E KUNG ITULONG NIO NA LANG YAN SA MAHIHIRAP BKA MANIWALA PA KAMI HEHEHE

PEO SA GOVERNMENT NATEN KUNG LAHAT BUWAYA

LALO LANG MKIKILALA ANG PILIPINAS NA ISA SA MGA KILALANG BANSA NA PURO KURAKOT ANG NSA PWESTO??

TAMA BA??

TAAS PAA KUNG AGREE^^

PEACE

GL 2 ALL VOTERS THINK WISELY^^


kioniricz 6 years ago

how thick is the face of COMELEC to make our election automated this year...are'nt they joking??we're not yet prepared..I suggest we must be automated next election.why??just read the errors regarding the voting machines..is'nt it obvious that Philippines indeed is not yet ready for this stuff!!!pardon me with my words..thanx!!in addition,yah we must not stick with our old and lame election syle but we must be ready to become automated..we arre running out of time!!the election is near but our counting machines are defective as manifested in the news..!!!


ryan 6 years ago

anung hakalga nito sten


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topgunjager 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

bakit ba painglis inglis pa kayo? para kayong hindi sumasakay sa traysikel ah. wag nyo ng pahirapan sarili nyo, wag kayo mag alala ok lang magtagalog.


sean 6 years ago

i think it would not be successful!!!...


mHudz/lOve 6 years ago

sA kAmay lNg natIng ngA kabataan/pilipino nkasala2y ang maGandang bUhay .....

aLang naKa2alm nG fUture natIng laat .....

kht gano pa yan katalino ....

only god knows wat is d best 2 us .....

jaz pray 4 it .... !!!!!

kung ang kamay at mata mo ang magi2ng sanhi ng iyong kasalanan putulin at dukutin mo ito para ala ng madamay ....


tsunguuuuiuuuuuu. 6 years ago

mga tsungu kau lhat!!! wala khit isa akong ngustuhan sa mga comment nyo panay kayo mga tsunguuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!ungoy


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topgunjager 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

oo nga tsungu, napaka importante mo kaya kailangan namin na aprubahan mo mga comment namin=) nakakainggit ka=)


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Hay, salamat, nakatagpo din ako ng mga tunay na dugong Pinoy dito. Kumakain ba kayo ng dinuguan (hehehe). Pero sa komento ko sa article mo, dapat na talagang magkaroon tayo ng automated eleksiyon. itzian, bikolano man ako. siisay ka? (ireno alcala ang pangaran ko).

But we really have to respect HubPages. If not for this site, our writing skills will not be developed to the highest level. It's just like blogging but we have a topic or hub to develop for the information of the whole world.

Ang I tell you, Filipinos are not monkeys (hehehe, just kidding). Better read my hub about Discrimination. I had a lot of experience about it.


aeros 6 years ago

kong GUSTO nyo kau nlng magpahalal..JEJEJEJE....tsuh2x...bleH..


tsunguuuuuiuuu 6 years ago

mahal na mga kababayan............kung talagang gusto nyong magkaroon ng malinis na halalan magmahalan tayo.......,dahil mahal ko kayo,...kayong lahat...mga tsungu kayo naniwala naman kayo!!!!!!!!!!!


unknown 6 years ago

adu la amin nga ammo yo....nu di yo kayat ti automated election, wag na kyong bumoto...joke...isu pay met jay botos yo...


unknown number 2 6 years ago

ay...usto ta kunam tsungo...siguro kasla tsunggo....heheh joke..ngem dapat siguro ti gamiten tayo keh saan nga smartmatic..maymayat jay system ko nga alimatic...


rosemarie 6 years ago

......hindi ako convince na magkroon tayo ng malinis na halalan.Why should we panic,,,,e,,,sanay na tayo sa dayaan at maruming halalan......

"if gusto talaga natin ng pagbabago then change ur self 1st and everything will be so...."

for u,for me and for us...gooooooooood luck....

vote d best,,,,,


tsunguuuuuiuuu 6 years ago

helo UNKNOWN huwag ka ngang epal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!basta gusto ko ako ung bida huwag kang magcocomment sa mgha comments ko shit!!!!!by the way ang hahalan natin ay bulok kahit isa sa mga pulitiko wala akong gusto pariparihas silang mga tsunguuuu!!gago pa!wuhahahahaaahhahaahha


rj 6 years ago

hello san maki2ta tagalog ng mga info sa taas?pakisagot po kailngan lang!salamats^^


waelhi 6 years ago

are u zure n zafe ang election natin?lslong lubog za utang ang banza natin..my god???


geraldine 6 years ago

oh yeah,we are starting to make an automated election thesis. haha! I think it's an interesting thing to talk about. But you know what? let's just be thankful for this kind of election, at least dibah,may improvement? but oooppzz! ya,ya,ya I know, hindi pa rin tayo cgurado kung wala ngang dayaang mangyayari. Haieee, fashion na nga cguro talaga ng pinoy ang cheating, hehe...watever! duh?!


Lucel,Geraldine,&jomar: 6 years ago

hay-a nanu mat-a inyo naron,pinaumang tah,sangkiri eat-a ro amon nga habu-oe na info.,but thanx a lot....


mhelrhaine 6 years ago

ahm para skin personal website na nga ng goverment nahohock what more that machine dba....another time for mandating peoples vote hmph.....


anonymous 6 years ago

bsta ako alm ko, di pa tayo ready

andaming factors na dapat iconsider,

well, pwede din to as a testing year,

lets see kung anong kalalabasan


Lyrad 6 years ago

Wala na tayong magagawa toloy na toloy na yan....

haayyyyyzzz

BE WISE VOTERS NALANG>>>!!!!!


fuck 6 years ago

magulo tlga ang politics...naglalabasan lang sila kpag election nahhhhh....


phantom_knight 6 years ago

d pa ready mga pinoy dyan......

antutan ,..........

dakel ni so agmakanta ........

kailangan da ni so naantaan da so


digbay 6 years ago

i am happy to know that there are a lot of people who are getting involved in this 2010 Automated Elections -especially the young ones. Let us help fellow voters, let’s help in educating one another.

http://digsmydailythoughts.blogspot.com/2010/03/vo...


mang titong 6 years ago

maganda maging involve sa mga ganitong event, pwo hnd lng kasi dapat na boto lng dapat bantayan ang mga boto pwa maiawasan ang dayaan. the problems with automated election: there areas that does not have a signal, the people are not oriented properly, the comelec didn't look at those illiterate people.


mary mae 6 years ago

for me as a concern citizen ... as a young voter..

using the automated election.. we are not sure if we can avoid cheating..hope that this 2010 election ay magtagumpay para sa mga pilipino.. vote wisely its for our own good ..


Patrisha I. Rubio 6 years ago

automated election is good-yeah.....

but weren't yet ready for this....


shaiche_mh*trish* 6 years ago

thanks poh!! this blog will surely help me for our upcoming debate.. pro kc kami sa automated election .. ^_^..

*cguro poh we need to embrace change because it is part of our history and we also need to trust our government kahit na hindi natin ma realize ang improvement ng ating bansa..* hahahahh


Pao 6 years ago

sana tulungan tayu ni bro sa election!!! :)


yhngz 6 years ago

hi marisel and enthusiasticlady...., dont you know that

" NO COMMENT" means..., MANY WORDS TO SAY BUT DONT KNOW HOW TO START?

com'on SPEAK OUT AND BE HEARD!!!


joshee_boo 6 years ago

daghan jud ug himantayon sa kalibutan no?

bisag unsa nga himuon ug isulti nimo naa juy magbantay, sikat man ka o dili.

maong ang uban maulaw ug mahadlok na lang magpadayag sa ilang gibati.

"well, you can't blame them. it's human trend. esp. in the PHILIPPINES"

:]


yssa jan grace j. obcena 6 years ago

itis more easier than before, and the advantages of this is the senior citizen can vote fastier and easier.


cheska dacuma 6 years ago

yes,we can say that this automated election can be more fast but it may also be harder to other senior citizens in times of finding the names of their candidates..and are we sure that there will no brownout in the day of our election?


secret 6 years ago

ang gling mo nmn tsunguu!wahaha..idol pla kita eh


jovelyn 6 years ago

hmmmm....im too hoping for the success of this new system, that everyone of the qualified voters and truly registered know on how to be


king trojan 6 years ago

i hate fucking computer.. 8z full of miztery... we dont knw f diz is zafe to us... spcly thoze people "slow learner"


LOL!!!!! 6 years ago

WALAKWNTA YAN!!!!

D PA TAU REDY PARA NI2t_t


raine 6 years ago

kahit papaano. may mabuting nagawa ang gobyerno. pero ano na man ang kapalit na kalokohan yan.


nej 6 years ago

hi!

election is fast approaching...

unfair ang automated for those na illiterate sa computer. but it has also a good side like para mapabilis ang countng. pero ang masaklap....4 BILLION or 8 BILLION! oh c'mon! ganun ba talaga kamahal?di pa pwedeng humingi ng discount?LOL.=p

neweiz para lang yang tao...may masama at mabuting side but i think what's the best to do about it is to pray for a good result. But please..let's start it within our selves.kahit gaano kagaling ng leader..kapag tayo mismo ang hindi kumikilos,naku!bulok parin. YOU make your own future not the automated machine. the world will not weep for only one person.

GOD BLESS US!


tae 6 years ago

wtf... ala mang magbau e... gang mag automated election ala pa mu ring magbau


kenjie 6 years ago

kailangan nating sumunod sa agos ng pagbabago para tayo ay makahabol sa mga kalapit bansa


jolly 6 years ago

ito ang tama kailangan na natin ang pagbabago.....sundin nlang natin ang nararapat pra sa election...


myszelite_06 6 years ago

sabi namn nla mapapadali ang election..pero ang sabi ko nmn,mahihirapan ang mga senior citizen sa haba ng pila...mantakin mo...halos isang libong botante sa isang prisento...? abay ubos na ang oras...ay di pa lahat nakakaboto...eh pano kung mali mali ang pag shade , oh di di na nabilang ang boto ni lolo't lola? diba?


shannen 6 years ago

why did they recieve that PCOS machine if that could be hacked..............


boss 6 years ago

ina nyong lahat!


chiNita 6 years ago

Yahooo!!finaly i can have ds topic for my powerpoint..i think automation really helps if we are robots...i can't relate 8,,machines are not 100% accurate,nd its much easier to be cheated..if mano-mano lang at least less cheaters,many votes will also be wasted if magkamali kahit isang error lang...pls pray 4 a good leader :)


min 6 years ago

LOL!!!!


jewel rizminh 6 years ago

dats tru..automated man o hndi d parin mwawala ang dayaan sa eleksyon...ganito na tlga ang halalan satin kng wala kang pera d ka mananalo..lets face 8...


tina(ampier_rule) 6 years ago

_"DONT JUST PROMISE,,DO SOMETHING TO MAKE ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL WORDS....REAL...

-ITS NOT ABOUT HUM WILL GONNA WIN..ITS ABOUT HUM WILL GONNA DO BEST...


mizmee 6 years ago

ano bah.....


Julius Andrew 6 years ago

basta pinoy talaga mga reklamador.

e kung kayo din ang gumawa ng solusyon para sa Pilipinas sa lagay ninyong yan duda akong makagawa din kayo ng tama e.

ang alam niyo lang magreklamo e. mga wala naman kayong idea kung ano talaga ang makakasolusyon sa ganyang situation dito sa bansa. estudyante lang ako kaya wala din ako masasabi tungkol sa problemang technical tsaka iba pang aspects,pero sigurado naman ako na hindi ako gagaya sa mga comments ng iba sa inyo na patapon at imbes na magbigay ng reaksyon o punto tungkol sa isyu eh idadaan sa mala-reklamong paraan. Matagal nang isyu ang pangungurakot sa gobyerno, pero kahit anong dalas ng pagsabi ninyo o pag-imply non dito e walang mangyayari.

Sa kakabasa ng comments ng karamihan sa inyo mukhang nagcomment lang kayo dito para lang may masabi e.

para sa topic, mas gusto ko ang automated election. Lahat ng solusyon may advantage at disadvantage, kaya yung sinasabi ng iba na hindi daw "friendly" ang system para sa mga illiterate, may solusyon din. Pwede naman mag supervise yung ibang tao ng COMELEC sa kanila bilang guide. at may sample ballots namang ipamimigay ang COMELEC para maiwasan ang pagkakamali sa oras na bumoto na sila sa tunay na balota.

kaya marami ding illiterate ay dahil na rin kagagawan din ng karamihan sa kanila. daming nagsasabi na mababa daw ang kalidad ng edukasyon kaya nanghihingi sa gobyerno ng dagdag budget, tapos magugulat ka nalang nagkalat ang mga estudyante at nag-uubos ng pera sa pc shops, mall at iba pang galaan. anyway, that's beside the point. di ko lang talaga maintindihan ung mga nirarason ninyo sa kapangitan ng automated election.


jhun alvarez 6 years ago

we spent 12billion on this automated election and yet it failed to relieve us from the worries we have on manual elections...a testament to the fact that it's the people behind and not the system that is the problem...as long as we have scheming leaders who are not truly for the masses, and as long as there are those who choose to perpetuate the evil designs of these leaders by conniving with them for their own personal gain, our problems will never go away...what a waste...learn people!


kik. 6 years ago

ai duh.. lets find out. bt i just wnt 2 say i am pro technology and i am favor to the auotomated elec.

^^


hoan 6 years ago

well in this coming election expect what we always we expected


hoan 6 years ago

well in this coming election expect what we always we expected


markcanz 6 years ago

ang bobo nyo lahat.. hindi automated election o governo ang sisihin nyo... una sa lahat.. bakit nag participate bah kayo nong election?? and pangalawa.. wag nyo lagi e sisi sa governo lahat... "DONT ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR YOU, BUT ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE GOVERNMENT!" kng gus2 nyo ng pagbabago bagohin nyo muna mga sarili nyo! hindi ako malinis kaya wag kayo mg malinis nah ang governo ang may kasalanan! ^_^ just a comment ^_^


jhon 6 years ago

hahaha.........ganon ba,,wala na aqong masabe ...guduck for are new president!!!!!!!!! gogogogog


catejen 6 years ago

tama


denggay 5 years ago

hehe thanks po sa mga comment nyu..surely it would help me in our debate=)wag na kau mag away at mag murahan dian=)


Ralph 5 years ago

okay to all people are you perfect try to understand things if you want change then start the change for yourself first.

lead yourself before you can lead others


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