Internet Voting Spreads to Philippines

The Manila Bulletin Online reports on the Internet voting for overseas voters in the upcoming election. (Wow. Our former protectorates can do Internet voting for their citizens overseas. And what about our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, let alone our overseas citizens?….oh, never mind).

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched yesterday Internet voting for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with Singapore, which has 26,835 registered absentee voters, as the pilot area.

The launching, led by the Comelec Committee on Overseas Absentee Voting (COAV) headed by Commissioner Florentino A. Tuason Jr., was held at the Convention Hall of the Bureau of Treasury at the Palacio del Gobernador Bldg. in Intramuros, Manila. Tuason said the OFWs, deployed in various countries all over the world, are allowed to vote for senators and sectoral groups participating in the May 14 midterm elections under the Party-List Law.

He said almost a million OFWs are registered under the Absentee Voting Law and are, therefore, qualified to vote for senators and sectoral groups participating in this year’s elections.
Yesterday’s demonstration of how Internet voting is done was made by Scytl Consortium, a Spanish company, through its chief executive officer, Pere Valles.