National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel)


The blindside of automating the 2010 Philippine elections

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(The author was the executive director of the Philippines’ National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections, Namfrel, from 1996 to 2003 and was involved in efforts to modernize Philippine elections since 1994. He has organized or assisted in setting up Namfrel-like organizations in many other countries and has observed many elections worldwide.)


The blindside of automating the 2010 Philippine elections
by Telibert C. Laoc

Ballot and Issues2

What concerns me most is that voters might commit a high number of mistakes in filling up the ballot and a good number of votes would not be counted. If voter error is too high, it could negate the benefits of automating the count.

In the 2004 presidential elections, 36.6 million voters came out to vote or 84 percent of 43.5 million registered1. However, there were only 32.2 million votes cast for all the five candidates for president, or 88 percent. There is no accounting by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of the 4.3 million vote difference, or 12 percent (36.6 million less 32.3 million).

There are a number of explanations to this. Not all voters really vote for a president. Some votes could have been invalidated because a name of a non-candidate was written on the ballot. The handwritten name of the candidate was illegible or entire ballots could have been invalidated due to the presence of markings or what is referred to as a “marked ballot”. It is also possible that for some reason the votes cast for president were omitted and were not read at all.

Read the full article HERE.

Written by namfrel

October 6, 2009 at 11:05 am

Posted in Automation issues

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  1. My concern is the queueing for the voting machines..

    You have 40M or so voters with merely 80+ thousand machines.. I understand they only bought the number of machines based on the throughput rate of the eqpt. Any Industrial Engr or Process Engr will tell you that you have consider the queueing and manual processes..
    This can be solved but they need to ACT NOW!!!

    Employ a good IE or have the best Engg minds figrue this out ASAP..

    Ariel Driz

    October 7, 2009 at 10:05 am

  2. Well, glad I saw this post. I never knew about this before. Thanks for guiding me through this. Rarely do I find good entries that would walk me through. Great post.


    Mayor Ramon Guico

    January 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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