Smartmatic voting solutions a big hit in Philippine eVoting Fair
Manila, July 28th 2014.- Smartmatic showcased its latest voting solutions before thousands of attendees comprising government officials, election stakeholders, students, educators and IT professionals at the recent five-day Automated Elections Systems (AES) Tech Fair in the Philippines. The fair was organized by the Comelec Advisory Council with the purpose of giving elections commissions the chance to review the latest election technologies and to offer those interested access to actual hands-on experience.
Led by Asia-Pacific President Cesar Flores, Smartmatic presented the diverse crowd with interactive demos of its electronic voting machines, biometric registration and authentication solutions, and the ePen, a new digital pen capable of streamlining the capture and transmission of votes and election results. A number of attendees who had the chance to use the Smartmatic voting machines gave positive reviews of their experience, citing the user-friendly GUI, ease-of-use, and speed of voting.
The fair also featured a forum which allowed Smartmatic and other vendors to formally present their solutions before a more targeted audience of election stakeholders. At a special forum attended by Senator Aquilino Pimentelm Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People's Participation, Commissioners Lucenito Tagle, Christian Lim, and Luie Guia of the Commission on Elections (Comelec); members of the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) and IT experts, Flores outlined the Smartmatic’s stellar track record.
“Smartmatic is the only elections company having registered and counted some 2.3 billion votes; 700,000 automated polling stations installed; our numbers are the most impressive in the industry,” Flores highlighted in his address, adding that “Smartmatic's voting solution is the most audited system in the world, garnering accolades from several international observers and electoral watchdogs.”
In 2008 the Philippine Government, as part of its quest for a modern electronic voting system to guarantee secure, reliable and auditable elections, organized an automated election in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). After that successful election Smartmatic was selected as vendor, and in 2010 the country held the first automated national elections ever, using Smartmatic voting technology.