Comelec seeking new technology for 2016 polls
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has asked its Advisory Council to give its recommendation on what technology to use for the May, 2016, polls by next month.
“What we asked them is to give us the recommendation on or before mid-August,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said in an interview.
Under the Poll Automation Law, the Council is tasked to recommend to the Comelec “the most appropriate, secure, applicable, and cost-effective technology” to be used in the conduct of elections.
According to Brillantes the Council is set to hold on July 26 a technology trade fair in order to acquire information on all available automated election system (AES) that could be used by the poll body in the next elections.
“It is an activity of the (Council) as part of their work to recommend to us which technology should we use (in the 2016 elections),” he said.
But Brillantes explained that although the Commission followed the recommendation of the Council in previous polls, the final decision on what technology to use is still with the en banc.
“It is not them (Advisory Council) that will decide. The decision which technology to use is still ours,” he said.
“That is the reason why it is recommendatory by nature,” added Brillantes.
During the 2010 and 2013 polls, the Comelec made use of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, which is a type of the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) system.