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Comval top local officials go for automated polls

by JMD Abangan

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (11 March) -- Leading officials of Compostela Valley find now is a high time to fully automate the national elections.

In a press conference, Provincial Governor Arturo T. Uy said "it is time to move forward" and to forego the days when canvassing of votes is done manually.

"Dili sa tanang panahon na lang manual ang pag-ihap sa boto, (We should not all the time be counting votes manually)" he said.

He has found electorates nowadays becoming more aware and are much educated that they want the national elections to be free of cheating by politicians who want to protect their personal interest.

Board Member Maria Carmen Zamora -Apsay in the same occasion also agreed with the relevance of poll automation saying this would protect the sanctity of votes and get rid of hassles in casting of votes.

"Mas sayon ang pagboto," she said explaining that one would just press on computer screen the faces of candidates they would like to vote for.

She said cheating would be curbed as candidates are properly identified and counting can be done fast which eventually checks vote padding which usually happens in manual counting.

The national administration is determined to push through with automating the 2010 national elections.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said procuring the necessary election automation machine would be underway after the expected signing of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the P11.3 billion supplemental budget for poll automation that had been approved by Congress.

Remonde assured the public that the national government would fully observe transparency in purchasing the automation machine for the national elections in 2010.

"Transparency of government procurement is really one of our principles, one of our programs, so therefore, any move to ensure that there will be transparency in the procurement, especially of… the machines for poll automation, ‘yun po talaga ang gusto ng Malacanang," he said.

But he wanted to leave the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to set up the process of ensuring transparency. (PIA) [top]

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