It's good to finally do away with manual counting. It is highly susceptible to manipulation, not to mention grossly inefficient. So the full automation is welcome news indeed.
There are still concerns about the new system Senator Chiz Escudero has this to say:
I am not willing to spend even a single centavo for a system which is not tested, for a system we cannot even describe or define, or a system that we’re not even sure of delivering a clean, honest and fair election.
Which is a perfectly valid point. But I think that it is better to have computerized elections in 2010 than continue with our old ways. This is one instance where the cost is immaterial. If we find out that the system falls short of expectations, then we will have to find a suitable one come the next elections. But to continue with manual counting is unacceptable. We have to start sometime, Why not now?
There are also concerns that cheating will still continue despite the new system. Realistically speaking, I think it's highly improbable that cheating will be totally eradicated. But at least it will be greatly minimized. While there are fears that the wrong contractor will be chosen, or that the system chosen will still be vulnerable to manipulation. But I think COMELEC Commissioner Jose Melo has enough credibility and has proven competency for the job ahead.
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