By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has approved the testing of a mobile voting application for possible use in future polls.
“The @COMELEC En Banc has approved a test run of mobile app voting to see if it would be useful for overseas voting etc,” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said in her Twitter account (@commrguanzon).
“Mobile App voting will solve our @COMELEC problems of intimidation of voters and long queues; very helpful for persons with disability, elderly, pregnant women,” she added.
Guanzon said four suppliers have already offered to test run a mobile voting app for the poll body.
She identified the four as Indra Sistemas, Voatz , Smartmatic International and Scytl.
Earlier, Guanzon said poll watchdog groups such as the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), and the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente) will be invited to observe and criticize during the testing.
“@COMELEC will be transparent with mobile App voting testing,” she said.
If successful, Guanzon said they will ask Congress to pass a law that would allow such a mode of voting.
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.”