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Comelec to Binay: Clean 2016 polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday assured Vice President Jejomar Binay of a clean May 2016 presidential polls.

“For the past two elections, 2010 and 2013, no cheating happened. The races were won cleanly. There were no problems except for some noisy detractors. We are giving the same assurance (to Binay) that, whatever technology is used, it will remain clean in 2016,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. said in an interview.

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“He won in 2010 using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. In 2013, his daughter (Sen. Nancy Binay) won also with the same voting machine. It only shows there was no high-tech tampering of results,” he added.

Binay earlier warned of a possible high-tech cheating in the 2016 polls to favor certain candidates.

The vice president already made known his intention to run for president in the next presidential polls.

Brillantes, however, said they don’t know yet what automated election system (AES) will be used in 2016 as they are still waiting for the recommendation of their advisory council.

“If he is wary of the new technology, it has no basis since we don’t know what it (AES) is yet. It (fear) will all just be anticipatory and speculative,” he said.

The poll body is set to hold a technology fair this month to help its advisory council determine which AES is best for the May 2016 polls.

Under the Poll Automation Law, the advisory council is tasked to recommend to the Comelec “the most appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective technology” to be used in the elections.