Saturday, 7 March 2009

Philippine president to immediately sign poll automation budget bill

Bernardette S. Sto. Domingo
BusinessWorld Online

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would immediately sign into law the P11.3-billion supplemental bill to automate the 2010 elections, a Palace official said yesterday.

She also asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure that results of next year’s polls would be known within three to four days, Presidential Assistant for Political Affairs Gabriel Claudio said.

He told reporters Mrs. Arroyo, who back full computerization, also wants the Comelec to address issues raised by lawmakers on whether a partial or hybrid system can be considered for next year’s elections.

"As far as the Palace is concerned, it is all systems go for full automation of the 2010 polls as provided by law," Mr. Claudio said.

He added Comelec has been asked to implement administrative measures to accommodate Congress’ concerns over the technology to be used to "ensure that the automation system and technology to be used is not only tamper-proof but also compliant with law."

For instance, Mr. Claudio said, there must be a way by which Comelec, without need of legislation, can provide for the generation of election returns and certificates of canvas at the local level simultaneously with the electronic transmission of election results for president, vice-president and senators.

"That way, the election results for national positions will be known in three to four days as committed by Comelec at the same time providing local candidates the official basis for ascertaining local poll results in their respective areas," Mr. Claudio said.

1 comment:

  1. "It is all systems go for full automation of the 2010 "

    How i wish it will be implemented. But i will not be surprise if its not.Were all fed up actually..