The Philippines 2016: Automating the elections for the third time
On May 9, Philippine voters headed to 36,805 polling centers nationwide to vote for the 2016 National and Local Elections.
This election marked the third consecutive time that the Philippines automates national elections. The previous two such democratic exercises in 2010 and 2013 have already made the Philippines a world reference for best-run elections.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic joined efforts to deploy 92,509 Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and register the vote of the Filipinos. These machines transmitted results to 1,739 canvassing centers for consolidation.
More than 46,000 field technicians and field personnel worked on the ground to provide the support needed for a smooth operation on Election Day.