Comelc mulls voting via mobile app

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    A MOBILE voting system, anyone?

    With the May 2022 national and local polls less than three years away, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is now looking at the possibility of having a mobile application that will allow voters to cast their votes.

    Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon disclosed in her Twitter account that the poll body is now evaluating proposals for a mobile app voting system.

    “Four suppliers of mobile app voting program/system offered to conduct a test run for the Comelec,” said Guanzon (@commrguanzon).

    The poll official refused to provide additional details of the proposed system, saying it was still premature to do so.

    Guanzon vowed to be transparent during the scheduled testing of the proposed mobile app system and said poll watchdog groups, namely the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), and the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente), will be invited.

    “PPCRV, Namfrel, and Lente will be invited to observe and criticize,” she said.

    In addition, the commissioner also asked the public to send in their comments on the possibility of having a mobile app for voting via her e-mail address: [email protected]

    Guanzon admitted there is no law yet that will clearly allow such a mode of voting.

    “If successful, we will ask Congress to pass a law,” she said.

    Section 28 of Republic Act No. 10590 states that “the Commission may explore other more efficient, reliable, and secure modes or systems, ensuring the secrecy and sanctity of the entire process, whether paper-based, electronic-based, or internet-based technology or such other latest technology available, for onsite and remote registration and elections and submit reports and/or recommendations to the JCOC”.