In May 2010 the Republic of the Philippines carried out the first automated elections in Southeast Asia: the largest elections that a private company has ever undertaken. More than 85,000 candidates contesting for 17,000 posts, 50.7 million voters, 82,200 voting machines, more than 800 million votes cast, transmitted, and counted, all across 7,107 islands comprising the archipelago.
For the first time, Filipinos got to learn results within Election Day: one hour and a half after the polls closed, 40% of results had been transmitted and tallied. In past elections, for example in 2004, 40 days were spent counting votes manually in order to proclaim the newly elected President.
In this unprecedented process in the history of the Philippines, where turnout reached an awesome 76%, Smartmatic delivered reliable results that were accepted by the participating political parties. The speed, transparency and acceptance level of the results meant a significant contribution to the democratic processes of the Asian nation.
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