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The AES Watch is an inde-pendent, voluntary,proactive, and nationwidenetworking of citizensgroups and individualvolunteers promotingclean elections and ensur-ing that the May 2010 elec-tions push through – eitherautomated or manual –with proper safeguardsand remedies in placetowards achieving a peace-ful, transparent andcredible exercise.The AES Watch was ini-tially formed in mid-October 2009 from a groupof more than 200 signato-ries –individuals and or-ganizations – to the JointAppeal for the Release ofthe Source Code initiatedby CenPEG , NASSA-CBCP, AMRSP, NCCP,Solidarity Philippines,CCM, Ecumenical BishopsForum (EBF), and UPAA.With the Comelec re-maining unresponsive tothe appeal, the initial con-veners vowed to continueengaging in activitiesaimed at increasing criticalawareness of the AESamong the public and me-dia. They saw the need tocounteract the negativesuggestion that criticalstudies about the AES andthe Comelec preparationsare equivalent to promot-ing backward, manualelection system or to sid-ing with cheaters andbeing “doomsayers.”Moreover, the convenersagreed that being criticalmeans being active partici-pants in helping ensure thesuccess of the AES and theMay 2010 elections whileengaging the Comelec topursue properpreparations. Lastly, theconveners also agreed thatit is important to engagethe public – the key stake-holders – especially in rais-ing their level ofawareness andparticipation in the crucialforthcoming elections.
What is AES Watch?
How was AES Watch formed?
The coming May 2010national and local elec-tions are crucial. A newPresident will be chosen,together with other na-tional and local officials,with close to 50 millionpeople expected to vote.For the first time, thesynchronized electionswill be automated usingtechnology outsourced toa foreign-backedconsortium. Time is run-ning out but the Comelechas yet to make a con-vincing case that it isready to implement atrustworthy automatedelection system (AES).Preparations for full auto-mation are replete withuncertainties (e.g., timelydelivery by supplier of voting machines, nation-wide availability of electronic transmissionfacilities, etc.). TheComelec has already re-vised the AES implemen-
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includes University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA), Center for People Empower-ment in Governance (CenPEG), National Secre-tariat for Social Action-Catholic Bishops Confer-ence of the Philippines (CBCP), Bishop BroderickPabillo and Bishop Deogracias Yniguez of theCommission on Public Affairs of the CBCP, Center for People Empowerment in Governance(CenPEG), Ecumenical Bishops Forum, NationalCouncil of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Dr.Rachel Roxas, dean of the De La Salle Univer-sity- College of Computer Studies (DLSU-CCS),Dr. Reena Estuar, chair of the Ateneo de ManilaUniversity- Department of Information Communi-cations System, Dr. Jaime Caro, chair of the UPDepartment of Computer Science, CAUCUS-Philippine Computer Society, Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP),Computer Professionals Union, Solidarity Philip-pines, Philippine Computer Emergency ResponseTeam (PhCERT), National Union of Students inthe Philippines (NUSP), Engr. Rodolfo Lozada,Dilaab-Hearts Foundation, Senior Catholic Citi-zens Organization, Coordinating Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG),Health Alliance for Democracy, (HEAD), Trans-parentElections.org, Concerned Citizens’ Move-ment (CCM), Association of Schools of Public Administrators in the Philippines (ASPAP),Transparency International-Philippines, Pagba-bago (Movement for Social Change), Council for Health and Development (CHD), Move-ment for Good Governance (MGG), Alyansa Agrikultura, and others.