Comelec doubtful on touch screen technology

By Mayen Jaymalin, The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 06 2015 08:59 AM | Updated as of Apr 06 2015 04:59 PM

MANILA - Voters in the coming elections may not be able to try out the new automated election system (AES) after all.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is reportedly having second thoughts on pilot-testing the touch screen technology and Internet voting system for the 2016 electoral exercise.

A Comelec source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the commission is reviewing a previous decision to pilot test the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) or touchscreen technology.

The commission opted to undertake the reassessment and to even suspend the public bidding supposedly conducted last March 27 for the lease of 410 DRE machines.

The Comelec official said the poll body has also not taken any action on the motion for reconsideration filed by Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. over its disqualification from the first round of the DRE bidding.

Aside from the use of DRE technology, the Comelec source said the poll body is also reviewing the use of Internet voting.

Until this time, the Comelec is yet to get authority to pilot test the Internet voting system, except for the Overseas Voting Act of 2013.

“What the Comelec wants is for the legal issue on Internet voting be resolved first so whether it will be pilot tested or not is now under review,” the source pointed out. – With Christina Mendez, Edu Punay

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