Comelec to keep 1st world-wide-web voting exam operate from September 11 to 13

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is established to maintain the to start with portion of its world-wide-web voting exam operate from September 11 to 13 with technological innovation provider Voatz.

In a digital briefing Wednesday, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez mentioned the take a look at operate will begin at 8 a.m. (Manila time) on September 11 and will end at 8 a.m. (Manila time) on September 13.

The voting list will be posted on the official Place of work for Abroad Voting (OFOV) Facebook web page, demonstrating the participants’ previous names, to start with names, then center initial.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, the commissioner-in-demand for overseas voting, said the take a look at run with US-primarily based business Voatz is “at no cost” to the poll entire body.

Apart from Voatz, the Comelec will perform take a look at runs with Indra and Smartmatic inside of September.

Guanzon acknowledged the Comelec OFOV and the Division of Foreign Affairs for pushing the project inspite of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Precisely, this pandemic shows us that a cell app voting will be important in the current long term. As you know, Congress has to go a legislation to make this probable. But if this venture check is successful, I have no question that the senators and the congressmen and congresswomen, will thoroughly assist the cell application voting in the future,” Guanzon claimed.

“When we have cellular application voting in the long term for abroad voters, we’ll preserve the Comelec and the Philippine authorities a lot of funds in terms of, you know, courier provider, transportation, and the most important thing is that our abroad voters will have simpler entry to vote primarily these who are seafarers and those people who cannot go away function in buy to vote,” she additional.

Asked if the Comelec strategies to make mobile application voting an solution in the potential elections in just the nation, Guanzon claimed if the exam operate yields superior final results, then the poll physique may inquire Congress to go a law for its implementation.

“If these examination runs are successful, productive, and charge-effective, I will suggest to the fee en banc that we ask for Congress, the Dwelling, and the Senate, to contemplate passing a law to use cell app voting in the foreseeable future,” Guanzon claimed.

“If we are hunting at 2025, that is quite doable because that is another a few a long time from now, but the cost, the spending plan could be a thought,” she extra.

Guanzon stated if the future administration will certify this as urgent, then Congress can allocate spending budget for the web voting system.

Between the requirements that the OFOV is hunting at prior to they thrust for the implementation of the world-wide-web voting process are the security, obtain of voters, and price tag, she said.

Guanzon famous that it is “difficult” to use this method of voting in the 2022 national and area elections.

In June, the Comelec has signed memorandum of arrangement (MOA) with 3 methods providers for the dwell check operates of internet voting systems.

In accordance to Republic Act 9189 or the Abroad Voting Act, Comelec is authorized to investigate world wide web-centered systems for overseas voting.—AOL, GMA News

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