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2010 Poll Updates

It seems that preparations for the 2010 elections are getting more and more expensive. After the 7.2 billion poll automation problem and resolution which caused a few days of uproar, a 1.6 billion project is once again up for grabs. According to the Commission on Election (COMELEC), the project would flush out flying voters through the use of Automated Fingerprint Identification System or AFIS. For those of you who don’t watch CSI, AFIS is utilized by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation in resolving felonies. The device is able to compare fingerprints from a saved record of prints in a relatively short amount of time. As the dry run performed at the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) during the year 2008 was successful, the Comelec is hoping to clean the upcoming 2010 elections of double registrants.

The downside of this new technology however is that more than 30 million voters may need to register once again and submit their biometric identifications to be stored in the database. With the October 31 deadline a mere two and a half months away, poll Commissioner Rene Sarmiento commented that it would be “very difficult” to gather the old voter’s data while more and more new registrations are arriving for the Comelec to handle.

Of course, with all these new technologies coming in, the Comelec would need informative Information Technology (IT) staff to manage the voting machines. A total of 80,000 IT’s together with the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI’s) are to occupy the precincts and ensure the fairness of the upcoming elections.

Although Smartmatic Corp and TIM would be sending their own personnel, they would not be allowed inside the precinct.

Now, if all of these good news were to come true, the only thing left is for the public to go out and cast their, hopefully well thought of votes.

2010 philippines elections | 2010 poll updates | comelec | csi | fbi | poll automation | smartmatic corp | tim

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