Smartmatic vies for online overseas voting system

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    FOUR companies are currently offering their online voting solutions that may be used by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the May 2022 national and local elections.

    In advisory, the Comelec announced that four companies are set to conduct consultative meetings this week regarding their online voting proposals.

    “The Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) will be hosting a series of online consultative meetings via Zoom to present to its external stakeholders the online voting solutions of 4 different election systems providers for the 2022 National and Local Elections,” said the Comelec.

    The four companies are Smartmatic International, Dominion Voting Systems, Indra, and Voatz.

    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”.

    The COMELEC – OFOV has said it is looking to test mobile voting application for possible use in future poll exercises.

    Currently, overseas voters are able to cast their votes every Philippine election either personally or by mail.