The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is seriously eyeing the possibility that the May 2022 elections will be conducted through a mobile app system.
In a post on Twitter by COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, she said that four developers have offered their services for testing. Once successful, Comelec will ask legislators to pass a law for it.
The commissioner did not discuss further details on the matter. But assured the public that the mobile app voting testing will be transparent. She also mentioned that during the test, they will invite election watchdog groups such as the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente) to observe and criticize.
The move to COMELEC mobile app voting will greatly benefit persons with disability (PWDs), senior citizens, indigenous people, pregnant women, and even prisoners.
Republic Act No. 10590 allows the COMELEC to explore more efficient, reliable and secure modes or systems of the election as long as it can keep the secrecy and sanctity of the electoral process.
Guanzon further urged the public to give their views and suggestions on the mobile app voting by sending her an email at [email protected]
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