Philippine Election 2010: Now Automated

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Yesterday I attended a seminar about the automation of this year's election here in the Philippines. I normally doze off during seminars but as a first time voter, I did my best to listen.

In attendance to the seminar were 3rd year and 4th year I.T. and Computer Science students, in addition were some faculty members and our college department's Chairperson. I thoroughly enjoyed the question and answer portion since the students were really looking for holes in the system, and the speaker gamely tested the machine in various scenarios my fellow schoolmates came up with.

I'm sure the seminar casted the doubts of any person in the room who was previously squeamish about this automation.

The following are the steps to voting as indicated in the hand out given to us yesterday.

1. Puntahan ang Presinto kung saan kayo dapat bumoto.

2. Hanapin ang inyong pangalan sa Posted Computerized Voters List na nakapaskil sa pintuan bago pumasok sa lob ng inyong nakasaad na Presinto. Kung maari, tandaan ang inyong numero sa naturang listahan.

3. Magpakilala sa Board of Election Inspectors (BEI). Matapos mapatunayan ang inyong pagkakakilanlan, bibigyan ka ng balota na nakapaloob sa Ballot Secrecy Folder.

Please also check for any markings in your ballot and inform the BEI's straight away if there is any. You wouldn't be able to have your ballot exchanged for a new one once you went to the actual voting area.

4. Gamit ang permanent marker, itiman o i-shade ng buo ang oval na nasa tabi ng pangalan ng inyong napiling kandidato o mga kandidato sa bawat posisyon.

We were told we can bring our own permanent marker, however it is still best to use to one available in the voting center. You may not use pencils or ball point pens since the machine would most likely not be able to scan your vote. Camera phones are also not allowed.

5. Siguraduhing na huwag mag-shade ng labis sa kinakailangang dami ng boto sa isang posisyon.

Or your vote for that particular area wouldn't be acknowledged. For example, you shaded two candidates for Presidency, but the other areas of the ballot are properly shaded. Your votes for the 'President' position would be disregarded, but your votes for other positions would be counted.

6. Pagkatapos bumoto isubo ang nasagutang balota sa Precint Count Optical Scan (PCOS) Machine. Ang balota ay didiretso sa loob ng Ballot Box.

You can feed the ballot to the PCOS machine in any orientation. However, be sure to wait until the screen on the right side of the machine successfully accepts and counts your ballot.

7. Bumalik sa BEI para malagyan ng Indelible Ink.





There are still a lot of things about the system that I would like to share but I'm having a hard time organizing my thoughts. I'll try to answer questions about the automation system but it would best if you visit http://www.comelec.gov.ph/ first for more information.

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