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PIA Press Release
2010/01/13

Comelec-2 assures clean, honest 2010 automated polls

Tuguegarao City (13 January) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here assured a clean, honest and credible 2010 elections which for the first time will be in full automation process.

Atty. Ederlino U. Tabilas, Comelec 2 director made the assurance amidst speculations that the 2010 elections will be marred by accusations of cheating by the different political parties.

Tabilas put to rest suspicion that the transmission of election results would provide a venue for cheating as every vote is stored and encoded in the voting machine and it is transferred securely to the tallying server.

Transmission of votes will only take seconds and tallies can be achieved through fixed line and satellite.

Tabilas likewise assured that the 2010 automated polls will push through despite the failure of the Smartmatic to deliver the 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) on time.

Tabilas stressed that the Comelec is not even considering to have a Plan B because they are confident that the 2010 election will be fully automated. The Smartmatic has already delivered 9,000 machines and 40,000 machines are expected to be delivered soon.

The Comelec director also pointed out that cleansing of the voters list in the region will be finished in the next days as they are now finalizing the list of additional voter registrants from the different provinces.

"We have also planned to conduct the training of the teachers in March to ensure that the knowledge and skills which they will get from the training will still be fresh in the coming election.

He also said that the PCOS public demonstration is on going. The Comelec is also in the process of clustering the barangays for the conduct 2010 automated elections. (TCB/PIA 2) [top]

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