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PIA Press Release
2009/02/27

Comelec to push for full computerization, calls on legislators to pass supplemental budget in April

Manila (27 February) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) called on legislators to pass in April the supplemental budget for the 2010 elections.

Comelec Chair Jose Melo said the poll body needs enough time to do pre-election preparations that include the bidding of the automated voting machines.

The poll body proposed a Php11.302 billion supplemental budget on top of a Php5.3 billion allocation in the 2009 national budget.

Out of the Php 11.302 billion, Php 9.960 billion will be used for purchasing automated poll machines.

The Senate finance committee will support Comelecís proposed supplemental budget without conditions.

However, the committee wanted to hold Comelec accountable in ensuring transparency in the requisition of the technology to be used in the elections and the choice of the service provider.

At the House of the Representatives, a special piece of legislation is expected to be filed on Friday in support of the poll bodyís proposed supplemental budget that has survived the second reading.

This piece of legislation, to be crafted by a special house panel, would detail the manner of voting, mode of canvassing, and transmission of ballots.

The House is more inclined to support a mixed technology for the elections.

However, Comelec would try to convince the House to go for full computerization to avoid an extra Php 2 Billion expenses and prevent opportunities for election results manipulation. (PIA) [top]

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