Comelec gears up ahead of the 2016 Elections
As early as now, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is already preparing for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Elections. Among their preparations include the re-organisation of the advisory council (CAC) that seeks to review the possibility of changing the voting machine.
The CAC is at present tasked to recommend ‘the most appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective technology’ for the next elections.
CAC is reviewing if the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the 2010 and 2013 elections are still advisable for the 2016 elections. The council will be conducting a trade fair of automated election system (AES) technologies to explore their options.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez earlier assured the public that the commission has not yet finalised its decision of scrapping PCOS machines for the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) system. He added that the trade fair has been set in place to allow CAC to review all options more thoroughly before submitting their recommendation.
The re-organised CAC is composed of members from Comelec, the Department of Education, IT professionals, NGO election reform groups, the Department of Science and Technology and Communication Technology (ICT) office.
ICT head Louis Napoleon Casambre, who also serves as CAC Chair Undersecretary, assured the public that the newest CAC members have technical competencies in information technology and electoral law, which will enable them to give the best recommendation for Comelec in conducting the 2016 elections.