Automating Barangay, SK 2018 Polls Pushed

By Rose de la Cruz

Rep. Frederick W. Siao, lone district Iligan City, is pushing for the use of vote counting machines in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which had just been postponed, for the third time. Barangay polls is set to May 2018.

President Duterte had just ordered the postponement of barangay and SK elections to ensure that there would be adequate preparations for them. But previously, the President voiced his preference for barangays to be just appointed, not elected.

Siao, in authoring the bill at the lower chamber postponing the barangay and SK elections to 2018, said the deferment would give everyone concerned time to sort out matters, figure out how the elections can be conducted in an orderly, peaceful, accurate, and credible way.

As member of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, he said, the barangay and SK elections should also use the vote counting machines.

Timely and accurate counting of votes cast must also be done at the barangay level, not just for other elections.

Siao said he is aware that this will pose technical challenges to the Commission on Elections because they would have to configure the vote counting machines' processing and memory cards to specifically match with each barangay to which the machines are sent. 

“What we seek to prevent here are long delays in the vote counting and the political violence and electoral fraud that often come with the long delays,” he stressed.

As many are aware of, election violence is prevalent at the barangay and other local elections. Familiarity can breed contempt and contempt can percolate into election-related violence.

Not to mention, the voters’ lists are still disorderly and voters still experience many problems looking for their names during elections. These problems are entirely preventable and solvable, but the solutions keep eluding us despite the many advances in technology available to us, he added.

Electronic transmission of election results from the precincts has also been a problem that beset previous automated and computerized elections. There are still many precinct locations that are not within the coverage area or where Internet or mobile signals are virtually non-existent. 

This is a problem the telecommunications companies and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) must address in coordination with Comelec.

 

Like us in Facebook

Features

Latest News

Businesses told to comply with TRAIN law

    By Rose de la Cruz   Employers in private businesses should be able to iron out by March this year the transition kinks in implementing the... Read More...
Foreign inflows in January hit $1.62 billion

  By Rose de la Cruz   The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported that net foreign portfolio for January hit $1.62 billion, surpassing the $1.56... Read More...
Comelec control urged for narco-infested LGUs

  By Francisco Benjamin Garcia   Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, chairman of the committee on public information at the lower house has urged that... Read More...
IMAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM

WHILE the modernization of public utility vehicles has always been in the wish list of past administrations, thought of as a solution to the... Read More...
IMAGE Honest Hubby and Other Laughs

Honest Hubby?THERE was this old lady who was caught shoplifting. On court day her husband accompanied her as she faced the judge. "Why did you... Read More...
IMAGE All about women and wives and other laughs

All about women and wives I married Miss Right. I just didn’t know her first name was Always. ***** Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement... Read More...
IMAGE TAMANG DESISYON

TULUYAN nang tinuldukan ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ang anumang pagtatangka ng ibang mga grupo at sektor na buhaying muli ang usapang... Read More...
IMAGE GINHAWA PARA SA MGA MAMAMAYAN

Guhit ni Ed Rompal INIULAT ni Senador Sonny Angara na nagkasundo na ang congressional bicameral conference committee sa limang probisyon na... Read More...

Our Guests

Today849
Yesterday933
This week1782
This month15604
Total868240

Visitor Info

  • Your IP: 54.226.33.117

Who Is Online

20
Online

Monday, 19 February 2018
© 2016 OpinYon News Magazine Online. All Rights Reserved.

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.