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Automated Voting/E-Voting - A First in Philippine History

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 time 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.

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