Thursday, May 29, 2008

COMELEC Election Automation Machines

Photo Caption: Dr. Rafael Saldaña and Dr. Pablo Manalastas are shown inspecting the different election automation machines at the COMELEC building last May 6, 2006 (From the photo collection of Raffy Saldaña,
Last May 6, 2008, Dr. Pablo Manalastas and I (representing the Computing Society of the Philippines) were invited by COMELEC (Commission on Elections) officials to attend the public viewing of election automation machines that were being bidded out to be used during the ARMM (Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao) Special elections in August 2008.

Before the public exhibit, Dr. Manalastas and I met with COMELEC Chair Jose Melo, Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, and other COMELEC officials to discuss the some technical aspects of election automation.

Below is the link to some of the photos taken during the event:

Related Links:

1. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Website:
2. Video interview of Dr. Manalastas on the computerization of the ARMM elections, the use of open source, and digital signatures:
3. News report on the recently held Computing Society of the Philippines' Kapihan, to discuss computerization issues:

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