Comelec should scrap use of Internet voting, says lawyer

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online voting Romulo Macalintal aired the warning as he cited the vagueness of the provisions of the ?Overseas Voting Act of 2013.? ?Definitely, dapat maghintay ng clear provisions of the law allowing Internet voting and its mechanisms,? he said. The lawyer noted that Republic Act No. 10590 only mentions of the Comelec being allowed to ?explore? Internet-based technology for the OAV. ?Hindi pa pwede (even) pilot test lalo na at wala pa silang published rules on Internet voting,? Macalintal said. Section 28 of R.A. 10590 states that due to the peculiarities of the overseas voting process, the Commission ?may explore other more efficient, reliable, and secure modes or systems, such as Internet-based technology, for onsite and remote registration and elections.? Likewise, he said it might be difficult to implement the system knowing the culture of the elections in the country, citing as an example the concerns on the security of ballots and the real identity of online voters. ?I think it would take time for Internet voting in our country to be accepted, knowing, especially, that losers would always cry they were cheated. Thus, they won?t ever trust such a system of voting,? said Macalintal. Last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) urged the Comelec to implement Internet-based voting, at least, for Filipino seafarers. — PNA ]]>

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