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Philippines is a country in Asia and is one of the South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). They were one of the first countries in the continent to try and use e-voting in their last presidential elections.
The Philippines is one of the most corrupt countries in Asia and vote buying, bribery etc. is very common. It is also one of the poorest countries, with a huge population that earns less than a dollar a day. It is also interesting to note that the Philippines is a Catholic country, something which makes it stand out in Asia where most countries are Buddhist and/or Muslim.
Turing back to e-voting, here are some facts:
- They had 76,300 voting machines and a voting population of 45.5 million people.
-Two-thirds of the vote were counted by around 10 pm, so this is a clear benefit of using a machine.
The Voting Process Voting in an automated election is simple and fast. The procedure is as follows:
• Voter's name is verified on the list of registered voters.
• Voter is given a ballot, a secrecy folder (to cover voter in making his/her choices) and a pen.
• Voter proceeds to a voting booth or spot. • Voter darkens or shades the ovals opposite the names of candidates and parties of his/her choice.
• Voter feeds or inserts the completed ballot into the PCOS machine ballot slot (the ballot can be fed to the machine in any orientation: top, bottom or either end).
• The machine reads or scans the votes (marked ovals) on both sides of the ballot simultaneously.
• The scanned ballot is ejected through the other end of the machine and is dropped in the ballot box.
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