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Philippine Automated Election 2010

Updated on October 3, 2012

Elections in the Philippines for the past several years were chaotic, bloody and controversial. This year, the COMELEC (Commission on Elections) officials tried to make a change, a change from using the traditional and month-long process to using an automated machine or what they called the PCOS machine.

PCOS Machine

Goodbye to the ballot boxes and hello to the PCOS machine.This metamorphosis is an achievement, not only on the part of the COMELEC officials but also to the Filipinos who accepted the challenge.

But, this achievement does not mean that Filipinos will celebrate. Automated election stirred a debate among experts and eventually caused a FEAR- a fear that election will be unsuccessful.

Unsuccessful election results from prying the signal, print ballots will be rejected by the machine, and since the new method requires an extra care in shading the oval, it’s time-consuming.

PCOS machine rejects a valid ballot during field test

Nonetheless, not all people in the Philippines owned a television especially those in the remote area. Voter’s education was done through advertisements. How are these people being aware of the process? Sadly, there are just only few people who made an effort to educate those kinds of people which added a burden to the success of the automated election.

But, regardless to all the impossibilities, I would rather choose to stay optimistic. I hope all Filipinos will do the same thing. This success of the first automated election does not lie on luck but it lies on how Filipinos embraced the new system.

Which one do you prefer?

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just a few updates

Five days more to go before the Philippine 2010 elections but are we ready for it?  The commission on elections somewhat denied the facts that they are not ready for it?  Why?  Its because they still denied that everything is okay even though the Filipinos have already knew that the PCOS machines gave wrong results when thay have tested it.  It is somewhat only choosing the same candidate even though they have tested to choose different candidates during the testing of the PCOS machines. 

Will the 2010 Elections be Successful?

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      8 years ago

      what a great improvement for our country!:]]

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      carmela_ dlsu 

      8 years ago

      meron bang progress after using that machine?

    • borge_009 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines

      thanks nick. Hope it will go smooth.

    • nick071438 profile image


      8 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      You've accomplished a milestone. This hub is superb primer for the May 2010 polls that we will have soon. Laurels for you.

    • borge_009 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Prasetio, I just hope our elections this year will be a peaceful one.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      my country still use manual box for election. And I think this is something new for election. thank you for showing me about this. great hub.

    • borge_009 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks, I just hope this will not be a chaotic election just like the past elections.

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      8 years ago from US

      wow, nice to hear about this! great improvement, HOORAY!!


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