Gov't eyes digital signatures to better secure 2022 polls

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2019 02:40 PM

FILE PHOTO: An election officer and a technician check a malfunctioning vote-counting machine at the Tomas Morato Elementary School in Quezon City, May 13, 2019. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The government is planning to use digital signatures in the 2022 elections to enhance the security features of vote-counting machines, a Cabinet official said Tuesday.

Digital signatures are personal identification numbers assigned to members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) to identify who among them is operating a vote-counting machine.

"The digital signature cannot be implemented yet because we lack technical people," Information and Communications Technology acting Sec. Eliseo Rio told members of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Elections.

"We got a Korean consultant but there was not enough time to have it for the 2019 elections. Moving forward, we would definitely have it in 2022," he said.

The incorporation of digital signatures in the election system will cost the government some P500 million, Commission on Elections chair Sheriff Abas said.