Philippines: Island nation hosts world’s largest elections using vote-counting machines
A Technology Solution for the Philippines
Smartmatic has deployed in the Philippines a whole suite of innovative election technology that has positioned the Asian country in the forefront of election automation.
The Philippines has been using these best-in-class vote counting machines since 2010 which has led to unprecedented accuracy, transparency, and credibility of the elections.
This solution provides real-time control, monitoring and management of election logistics and operational processes.
The solution has helped register candidates, design and print ballots, control inventory, and deploy hardware.
Results Management System
The solution serves as a central clearinghouse where electoral information from more than 80,000 e-counting machines nationwide are received for vote consolidation and results generation.
Election Night Reporting
This online results system makes information available in real time, enhancing transparency by allowing all stakeholders to keep an eye on results every step of the way.
Smartmatic in the Philippines
Filipinos used to wait several weeks to learn who won national elections. These prolonged periods of uncertainty fueled unrest and accusations of fraud and violence.
Everything changed in 2010 when the nation was stunned at the speed with which the results came in. It was the year Smartmatic helped COMELEC hold the country’s first nationwide automated elections. To date, Smartmatic has counted over 4 billion votes in the Philippines, making it a world reference for well-run elections.
Smartmatic has worked a total five Philippine elections: 2008 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), 2010 general elections, 2013 midterm elections, 2016 general elections and 2019 midterm elections.
Beyond just providing superior technology, Smartmatic adds even more value with our proven technical and support services:
Our tried and tested project management methodology has been indispensable in orchestrating the complex and challenging automated elections project in the Philippines.
Our expert technical support has helped COMELEC print more than 100 million ballots in record time.
Using our proprietary Warehouse Management System (WMS), we provided COMELEC with expert technical support for safely storing, deploying, and recovering equipment before and after the election.
We have recruited, screened, and trained tens of thousands of field support staff for the Philippines elections.
National Technical Support Centre (NTSC)
The NTSC serves as the nerve center of support, offering troubleshooting, monitoring, and reporting of everything that happens on the ground on Election Day.
COMELEC has counted on Smartmatic to provide reliable and secure connectivity for transmission of electoral data.
Our secure data centers allow sta to monitor the voting platform and provide help desk services to COMELEC, the candidates and parties, as well as to the press and observers.
We provide COMELEC with expert support in mounting information drives to educate stakeholders on how the system works and how it is 100% reliable.
We assist COMELEC conduct lab tests, field tests, mock votes, audits and source-code reviews to guarantee total transparency and accuracy.