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NAMFREL expresses concern with country’s readiness for automated elections

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With less than 60 days to go before more than 50 million Filipinos go to the polls the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) has expressed growing concerns about the country’s preparedness for its first ever automated elections.

It also questions whether or not the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will meet its deadline to ensure the success of the elections.

Every Filipino would like to believe Comelec will deliver an honest and credible election but there is a growing feeling of mistrust among the public which has fueled a great deal of speculation that the elections will fail, seriously derailing the development of a mature democracy for the Philippines.

From the very beginning questions were raised when the contract for the Automated Election System (AES) was awarded to Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM). We have seen Comelec extend tremendous leniency to Smartmatic not only in terms of front loaded payments and fees but accommodating major changes to the contract that sometimes cross the boundaries of what is legal.

Deadlines are not being enforced and the required levels of accuracy have not been attained in any of its pilot tests.

Read the whole statement HERE

Written by namfrel

March 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm

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