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Comelec report on automated election system long overdue


By Hannah Torregoza

A senator on Tuesday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to comply with the law and submit their audit report on the conduct of the automated election system (AES) during the last May 2016 elections.

Sen. Nancy Binay said the poll body has yet to submit its comprehensive review on the AES that was used and which is required under the automated elections law.



Binay said that despite the findings of Stratbase ADR Institute, a private think tank, last week, the Comelec should still issue its own review of the AES.

“It’s been more than a year and we need to tell the nation what were the problems they faced and what solutions they provided during the previous election,” Binay said.

Stratbase ADR Institute, conducted a year-long study and released a positive assessment of Comelec’s conduct of the 2016 national elections.

Prof. Dr. Francisco Magno, a member of Stratbase’s board of trustees, commended the fast calculation of electoral results, which he said made the elections ‘better and more credible’ compared to the past two elections.

“It’s best for a third-party to come in and review Comelec performance, but the Comelec still needs to fulfill its obligation,” she added.

Binay has filed Senate Resolution No 376, calling on the Senate to immediately convene the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee (JCOC) on the automated election system (AES).

She said that under Republic Act 9369, or the Amended Automated Election Law, the Comelec is mandated to submit to the JCOC a report evaluating the AES six months after the elections.

“The JCOC on the AES should be immediately convened so we can review all the issues that were encountered during the elections. We have to ensure that the integrity of the electoral process and to protect the sacred right of the Filipino to vote and choose the leaders of our country,” she pointed out.


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