Comelec vows electronic transmission in 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and telecom industry stakeholders are working on plans to ensure electronic transmission of election results from 80,000 precincts nationwide in next year’s polls.

Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) member Renato Garcia said telcos vowed to ensure nationwide network coverage by creating a multi-platform contingency plan so that all election results from clustered precincts nationwide are transmitted to canvassing
and consolidation centers from the municipal to national levels.

“In the automated elections, the transmission stage is priority,” said Garcia. “We have to ensure all polling precincts, especially in the provinces can transmit their results immediately after close of polls to speed up
the canvassing and prevent tampering of votes.”

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