Elections

Precincts clustering, automation to sow confusion, says Binay

Published by rudy Date posted on July 18, 2009

Unless the Commission on Elections (Comelec) takes the proper steps, Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar Binay sees a chaotic election in 2010 with voters grappling with automated voting and clustered precincts.

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INC, JIL, Migrante tapped for OAV registration

Published by rudy Date posted on July 14, 2009

To be able to reach its 1 million target voters for the overseas absentee voting (OAV), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is planning to tap religious organizations and a migrant workers group to help it entice Filipinos overseas to register for the national polls next year.

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Comelec to hire 120,000 IT experts for 2010 polls

Published by rudy Date posted on July 13, 2009

As many as 120,000 information technology experts will be tapped by the Commission on Elections and its private partners for the automation of the 2010 polls.

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The alternative

Published by rudy Date posted on June 30, 2009

CAN a candidate with no money, no power and no political network win against another candidate who has all those? Ed Panlilio’s election victory proved the future is unknowable and things can always change in ways that one can’t foresee. His opponents learned it the hard way.

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Hu.go.Colombia?

Published by rudy Date posted on June 26, 2009

“Would you buy a used car from this man?” That was the question asked of many Americans when Richard Nixon ran for President of the US. Today, the question being asked of the Filipino electorate is, would you trust the outcome of the elections to a company long suspected of having ties or influencing the…

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Disenfranchisement seen with shrinking precincts

Published by rudy Date posted on June 20, 2009

Massive disenfranchisement of voters, a chaotic voting process and the imminent failure of elections appear certain with the announced plan of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to reduce the number of precincts nationwide and squeeze some quarter of a million precincts into 80,000 precints. Currently, the precincts stand at 250,000 and will be reduced to…

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700,000 overseas absentee voters could spell difference for 15th President–TUCP

Published by rudy Date posted on June 15, 2009

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) expects some 700,000 overseas absentee voters “to significantly influence” the outcome of next year’s presidential elections.

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Comelec delists 4 million voters

Published by rudy Date posted on June 7, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has delisted some four million voters for failing to vote in two consecutive polls in 2007 – the local and national elections in May and the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls in October.

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1M Pinoys abroad seen registering for 2010 polls

Published by rudy Date posted on June 5, 2009

With less than three months until the final registration day for the elections set for May next year, the Commission in Elections (Comelec) and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) are confident of being able to reach the poll body’s pegged target of one million overseas absentee voters (OAV) registrants.

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Poll automated machines not fool-proof–Rafanan

Published by rudy Date posted on May 28, 2009

The head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) bids committee has called for vigilance in the 2010 polls, saying “nothing is fool proof” as he oversaw the transmission testing yesterday of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

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Understanding the poll automation plan

Published by rudy Date posted on May 28, 2009

MANILA, Philippines—With less than a year before the May 10, 2010 elections, the Commission on Elections is working on a tight schedule to procure the technology to automate the 2010 polls, as it comes to the final leg of the bidding process for the P11.2 billion automation project.

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Comelec mulls partial poll automation

Published by rudy Date posted on May 10, 2009

With many congressmen and senators warning the Commission on Elections commissioners of violating the law in their push to have poll automation nationwide in May 2010 and with the probable delay in the automation system to be set in time for the polls, Comelec is now looking at the possibility of scaling down the scope…

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New group vows to end vote-buying

Published by rudy Date posted on May 10, 2009

MANILA, Philippines — With 12 more months to go before the next elections, veteran community organizers and development workers across the country launched on Sunday a nationwide movement to get rid of the scourge of vote-buying in Philippine elections.

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Government tagets 1M absentee voters

Published by rudy Date posted on April 23, 2009

The government is targeting at least one million new overseas absentee voters for the national polls in 2010, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

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Supreme Court adds 32 more party-list congressmen

Published by rudy Date posted on April 22, 2009

THE Supreme Court ruling that will add 32 party-list seats to Congress would cost P2.5 billion and push the number of lawmakers past the 250 limit allowed by the Constitution, House leaders said yesterday.

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Task Force 2010

Published by rudy Date posted on April 19, 2009

Responding to the challenge of strengthening democracy and restoring trust in our electoral process is the primary aim of Task Force 2010, a movement formed by different election watchdogs.

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Comelec welcomes criticisms on poll automation

Published by rudy Date posted on April 14, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it welcomes various groups’ raising “warning flags” on full automation of elections in 2010, saying it’s an indication of sincere concern.

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Make or break for poll automation in 2010

Published by rudy Date posted on April 14, 2009

With a gargantuan P11.3 billion budget, poll officials say it will be make or break in next year’s May polls. They insist that the law provides computerization for both the national and local races.

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Full automation of polls may be ‘chaotic’

Published by rudy Date posted on April 13, 2009

First of two parts The planned automation of national and local elections in May next year could end up a disaster.

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Comelec reminds youth to register for 2010 polls

Published by rudy Date posted on April 13, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reiterated its call for the youth to register so that they can vote in the 2010 local and national elections.

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Nograles should act

Published by rudy Date posted on April 8, 2009

With just about a year to go before the 2010 presidential elections, Comelec and Congress still have some work to do to assure clean and honest elections.

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‘RP ill-prepared for poll automation’

Published by rudy Date posted on April 1, 2009

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya , Philippines  – Sen. Francis Escudero said the country appears to be ill prepared for full automation with only a little over a year before the synchronized national and local elections.

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Meeting the test of credibility

Published by rudy Date posted on March 22, 2009

TO FOREIGNERS, it must strike as amazing that it is only now – in the closing years of the first decade of the 21st century – that we Filipinos are venturing into automating or computerizing our election system. What is even more amazing is that we are the oldest democracy in Asia!

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Computers can be hacked

Published by rudy Date posted on March 22, 2009

THERE are three automated systems being considered for the 2010 elections.

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Congress prodded on poll automation budget

Published by rudy Date posted on February 17, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang urged the House of Representatives yesterday to hasten the approval of the P11.3-billion supplemental budget for the modernization of the 2010 elections that President Arroyo has certified as urgent.

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House panel okays P11.3-billion automation fund for 2010 elections

Published by rudy Date posted on January 28, 2009

The House of Representatives appropriations committee approved yesterday a P11.3-billion supplemental budget for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to use for the automation of the 2010 presidential elections.

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Comelec to use optical mark reader in 2010

Published by rudy Date posted on January 20, 2009

The Commission on Elections will use optical mark reader (OMR) machines in the 2010 national and local elections, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said yesterday.

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