By Leslie Ann Aquino
Voting via mobile phone application?
A poll official is eyeing this possibility in future polls initially for some government employees and officials.
“People of the Philippines, what do you think of voting thru mobile app but only for @COMELEC employees and officials and @DepEd_PH for a start?” Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said in her Twitter account (@commrguanzon).
“I am thinking of a plan, to start with @COMELEC and @DepEd_PH personnel because they are traceable, security can be assured, facial identification,” she added.
Guanzon said such voting method may eventually include persons with disabilities (PWDs) and elderly.
The poll official said they will also think about testing the mobile app in Singapore for overseas Filipino workers.
Guanzon is the Commissioner in Charge of Overseas Voting.
Filipinos abroad, who are registered overseas voters, cast their votes either personally, or through postal, or automated voting methods.
Based on Section 28 of Republic Act No. 10590 “the Commission may explore other more efficient, reliable, and secure modes or systems, ensuring the secrecy and sanctity of the entire process, whether paper-based, electronic-based, or internet-based technology or such other latest technology available, for onsite and remote registration and elections and submit reports and/or recommendations to the JCOC”.