It is the policy of the State to ensure free, orderly, honest, peaceful, credible,and informed elections, plebiscites, referenda, recall, and other similarelectoral exercises by improving on the election process and adoptingsystems, which shall involve the use of automated election system that will ensure the secrecy and sanctity of the ballot and all election, consolidation,and transmission documents in order that the process shall be transparent
genuine will of the people.
entitled “An Act Authorizing the Commission on Elections to use an AutomatedElection System”
he 2010 automated national andlocal elections in the Philippines werecollectively lauded as a landmark achievementin the nation’s history of democracy andsuffrage, but continue to be hounded withunresolved issues and serious doubts on theiraccuracy and credibility.From technology and security concernsinvolving the hardware, software, and process of the automated election system (AES) provided
and preparation time for the Commission onElections (Comelec) and its partner institutions,the issues raised by various local electionstakeholders, international observers, and ITexperts left more to be desired from what wastouted as the cure to our manual election woes.The general acceptability of the resultsnotwithstanding, the 2010 automated electionshave turned out to fall short of expectations.
Checking automated election results.
errors or data corruption in personal computers
by law to check on the accuracy and reliability of automated election results: the randommanual audit (RMA).
provides for a
Where the AES is used, there shall bea random manual audit in one precinct per congressional district
randomly chosen by theCommission in each province and city. Any difference between the automated and manual count will result in thedetermination of root cause and initiate a manual count for those precincts affected by the computeror procedural error.
Kathy Dopp, in her 2010 dissertation at theRockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy,“
election Audit Sampling Methods
of reported election results done by manually
associated with randomly sampled reportedinitial vote counts, and checking such additionalrecords as necessary to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.”Moreover, in itsFinal Report, the Carter CenterLimited Mission to the May 2010 Elections inthe Philippines noted that “in an automatedsystem such as the Smartmatic AES, the burdenof building public trust in the results rests