No Internet voting in 2016 - Comelec

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ruled out the possibility of conducting Internet voting for the 2016 presidential elections.

"Personally, I favor Internet voting, but unfortunately, our laws at present do not allow it," Comelec commissioner Arthur Lim said Wednesday.

According to Lim, there are two pending bills in Congress on Internet voting. However, current preparations for the 2016 polls are already focused on the automation of the elections.

Lim added that there are several technical issues that need to be addressed, particularly on security.

"If our IT people can think of safeguards on how to protect casting of votes through the Internet, mas maigi," the commissioner said.

The poll body in the past has conducted non-binding pilot tests in Singapore, but the lack of an enabling law means that they could not do it for the coming elections.