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The 2010 Philippine election is so different yet very much the same with all previous elections. This is so much different because of the following:

  1. It is a few billion pesos more expensive than previous elections (because of the PCOS machines.
  2. It gave faster results. I was watching the news during the elections and as of midnight on that day, more than 60% of the national votes were already counted.
  3. A few days after the elections, senators were proclaimed by COMELEC as victors, fastest in Philippine history.
  4. This is so HI-TECH! hehehe. I do hope that by next time, we wouldn’t be using any more paper ballots but inputting the votes through an LCD screen. Asteg!

And why is this so much the same with all other previous elections? No one, again, lost the elections. We only have the winners and those that were cheated. In an article from the Inquirer, Estrada focuses on ‘hocus PCOS’:

An “electronic Garci” system or some digital “hocus PCOS” could have affected the precinct scan optical scan machines in the country’s first automated elections that might have produced manipulated results instead of the true will of the voters, alleged the camp of former President Joseph Estrada.

Pwede bang umayos kayo!?

Maceda said he received reports of “agents” approaching candidates before the elections, offering electoral victories in preprogrammed compact flash cards and memory cards in exchange for fees of as much as P30 million.

They always do this. After they lost the election, they will reveal that they receive reports that “agents” approached him or her asking for a big amount of money so they can guarantee their victory. Sometimes, they would say they receive reports that in area here and there, massive vote buying and manipulations of results happened. But these will all surface after they are somewhat sure that their chance for victory is becoming slimmer and slimmer.

Why didn’t they release these before the election day itself?!

He said the quick delivery of reconfigured flash cards one week prior to the elections was logistically improbable.

Oh yeah? And how come Manny’s fights and big movies like Avatar became available (in CD and DVD) to so many places minutes after their showing?

He said he[Senator Tatad] was consulting his lawyers on the possibility of filing a “constitutional action” that would nullify the results of the recent elections. He said he was also preparing an impeachment complaint against the Election commissioners.

F. you!

I don’t believe that the system we are using is right, but I do believe that the instruments honestly produced the will of the people.

PS: And a former teacher just lectured me why I shouldn’t say some candidates and voters are stupid, to think that she chose Lito Lapid and Bong Revilla over candidates like Risa Hontiveros and Alex Lacson. Tsk tsk tsk

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When the Election Automation law was enacted, everybody was so optimistic that this will revolutionize the democracy here in the Philippines. And theoretically, indeed it will. As I see it, the following are the clear benefits of the election automation:

  1. It will avoid cheating as everything will be done electronically.
  2. It will make the counting and canvassing of votes really fast. It will significantly cut down the period of counting and canvassing.

But those who do nothing but complain are now saying the automation law is not a good idea after all. Why?

  1. Election automation is going to automate cheating.
  2. The people are not properly informed by the COMELEC regarding the new system.

The issue on automated cheating is already addressed by the law itself – the source code will be validated by an internationally accredited IT company and the same will be open to public (or whoever is interested) for their scrutiny. If the source code is bugged with an automated cheater code (or something like that), it will be exposed to the public, if that was not spotted by the accrediting company in the first place. And once validated, the code cannot go wrong because it is run by logic – the typical IF-THEN blah-blah, right? Some “concerned individuals” are saying, how can we be so sure that the source code that they will install is the one validated? Hayyzzzz… And to them I say, are you really sure you are the son or daughter of your mother or father? How can you be so sure that the hospital’s staff didn’t switch you and another baby when you were born?

As for the information campaign regarding the new system, concerned individuals are attacking the COMELEC for not doing its part. They are saying that there might be a failure of election because people are not aware of the new system. What? Are they saying a voter cannot shade the circle opposite the candidate’s name if he or she will not be informed properly of what to do, i.e., to “shade the circle opposite the candidate’s name” of his or her choice? Do this really people think the voters are that stupid? That information campaign can even be done on the election day itself! COMELEC can just put a sign in the precinct’s entrance like this:

A pre-school child can follow instructions like “trace the name of the animal that you like most” or shade the picture of the animal that do not belong to the group. ANYONE WHO CANNOT FOLLOW THE SIMPLE INSTRUCTION ABOVE DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE!

An instance wherein the machine will invalidate a ballot is when a ballot has more votes casted on a certain position than what is required. For example, if a voter shaded two circles in the presidential level, I believe the machine will invalidate the ballot. So what? Any voter who thinks he can vote two presidents at any given election does not have the right to vote in the first place. And anyone who would defend this stupidity does not have the right to be a citizen.

But then again, these are unlikely scenarios. Those who want to sabotage the election, as well as this very significant improvement in our election, are making scenarios that are far-fetched! We are on our way to another level of democracy and yet, some people are trying to reverse the process. And this is probably why we are lagging in development compared to our neighbors. I just hate this.

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