Having lived in the US for the past 14 months, I await impatiently for the result of the Presidential elections this , May 10, 2010
in the Philippines
. There has been a lot of preparation for the past years for automated voting system and with the government spending billions in pesos for this, it came as no surprise when even a day before the elections, some precincts across the Philippines were still waiting for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for confirmation to any changes on the disk. [ I went to a fellow Filipino's house during Mother's Day and watched live video coverage of election preparations since my Filipino friend had subscription for TFC (The Filipino Channel) under AT&T
.] Anyhow, I was thinking that this was some delaying tactics by dirty politicians.
So came election tim
e and finally the Filipinos, for the first time in Philippine History, used the PCOS
- Precinct Count Optical Scan
. Although there were fears that cast doubt on this automated voting, can e-voting eliminate voting fraud? Which aspects of an election using e-voting technology are most important? How may they be observed? These are the questions running through my mind and for once I do pray that this "first" in Philippine History would not be a first in big-time fraud.
**FOX News at 7:00 US Central showed the violence in the South during the elections. It seems like there were some problems with the software.