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Higher voter turnout seen in Comelec’s online voting trial with Smartmatic

The Commission on Elections tallies a better voter turnout in its second simulation for internet voting, this time using Smartmatic’s web-based platform – the same firm behind the country’s automated election system since 2010.

9/20/2021 1:41:00 PM

The Commission on Elections tallies a better voter turnout in its second simulation for internet voting, this time using Smartmatic’s web-based platform – the same firm behind the country’s automated election system since 2010. TheFilipinoVotes

The Commission on Elections tallies a better voter turnout in its second simulation for internet voting, this time using Smartmatic’s web-based platform – the same firm behind the country’s automated election system since 2010.

Voting was done through Smartmatic's TIVI website, which may be accessed on any web browser or smartphone.Only 10 voters reported issues in signing up, one of which remained unsolved. However, Smartmatic offered fewer safeguards on identity verification by just sending a unique code by email to each voter. No new round of identity verification was done, unlike Voatz.

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"We believe that including less tools between the voter and the electoral system is the best approach. That is why we worked in a web application," Smartmatic product manager Armando Torres Chong said in a Monday briefing."In that way, we ensure that it’s the same voting experience while using any of the devices."

However, Comelec said it will wait for the third voting simulation this week before drawing any conclusions."Whether or not a purely browser-based approach is something that would be better or something we would recommend in Congress, is still too early to say at this point," Comelec Office for Overseas Voting director Bea Wee-Lozada said. headtopics.com

"The improvements or the better turnout rate is not really solely attributable to the platform. There are other factors like there were reminder emails sent out, that may have increased (voting)," she added.Comelec will tap Spanish firm Indra Sistemas for another online voting dry run from September 25-27. It would enforce the strictest rules to verify a voter's identity by requiring Comelec approval prior to the casting of ballots, along with the uploading of a copy of the passport, selfie, and a video of the voter saying his/her name and holding up their passport.

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