Comelec: automation significantly improved the Philippine’s electoral system

Ilagan City, Isabela, January 28th 2014.-  The embrace of electoral technology to automate elections in the Philippines helped improve its electoral system, stated the country’s Commission on Elections (COMELEC).  

The president of this electoral body, Sixto Brillantes, gave this statement during his visit to Isabela province, where he held meetings with regional representatives of the institution.

The successful execution of automated elections in 2010 and 2013 meant these voting sessions were peaceful, and fraud scenarios connected to vote tampering were eliminated.

Brillantes also stressed that there was a drastic decrease in the number of protests and accusations presented to the Comelec in comparison to manual elections.

In December 2013, Filipino academics also praised the multiple advantages that automation had brought the country, including the transparency of the voting process, its accuracy and the celerity with which results are delivered.

In the past May 2013 legislative elections, 766,672,141 votes were cast in only 10 hours and the results of the 18,022 offices to be elected were known in less than 48 hours.

Smartmatic, a worldwide leader in electoral automation, is the Philippine’s technology and services provider since the year 2010, when the company successfully carried out the biggest e-voting project in the world to that date.