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  • Massive disenfranchisement of voters: new technology, inadequate voter’s education and the extra care needed in completing the ballots
  • Insufficient time to adequately train all election officials, teachers, IT personnel, etc. to operate the machines
  • Difficulty in distributing the equipment
  • Transmission concerns: 32 percent of the country has no connectivity to allow transmission of results
  • System failure

Attorney Solis also recommended some possible solutions such as: independent parallel review of the source code, early release of sample ballots and educational paraphernalia and safekeeping measures for PCOS machines.

Ramon Casiple, chairperson of the Consortium on Electoral Reforms, also reiterated the need for voter’s education. If the machine fails, the teachers can count the votes manually. What he foresees though is a breakdown of another kind. The public will not know how to accomplish the ballot. He said that majority will only encounter the system for the first time on Election Day.

Given these grim opinions of Casiple and Solis, NIPS will organize a follow up forum to assess again the country’s readiness for poll automation.

Please click on their names to read their full presentations:
Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan
Atty. Ronald Solis

Click here to listen to Atty. Rafanan's complete talk.
Click here to listen to Atty. Solis's complete talk.

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