Smartmatic winning bidder in the Comelec

June 23, 2009 6:18pm CST
Smartmatic was formed by mostly Venenzuelans in Netherlands but it had another Company in Barbados, which made the tender and eventually won poll automation project. While elections automation is definitely a step in the right direction and helps limit cheating and fraud, it is not fool proof and both the public and candidates could lean on irregularities and flaws to contest result. Are we in the right direction in limiting cheating and fraud in 2010 election?
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@rsa101 (27845)
• Philippines
24 Jun 09
Well I guess they are doing this to limit the cheating during elections. I just hope that they could deliver the expectation of the voters. So far the election in Mindanao was already automated and they had delivered the results quite okay if not for the armed intrusions I guess the results would not have been tainted. I think it is a necessity to automate polls as manual counting can lead to many irregularities and also manual count can have deliberate mistakes and computational errors making it very slow. With the help of computers this would hasten the counting at a much faster pace and results of the election can be relayed upon immediately like the one in US where the results were immediately shown.
@Cifer69 (187)
• Philippines
23 Jun 09
well smartmatic is a very reliable company in automation of elections and they realy are capable of such things as they were the one responsible for the 24 state in the US in their automative election (Larger than the Philippines). Computers limits the cheating in the counting of election results but it still could not solve the vote buying problem in the election