Posted by: kidlatanvillage | March 8, 2009

Televised Poll Machines Bidding; Viva Comelec!

What good does it make for COMELEC to go on television for the bidding of poll machines? Simple, the Commission on Elections wants to show to the public that it means real business, not monkey business, on transparency this time in so far as allowing a televised bidding of poll machines to be used for the 2010 automated presidential election. 

Yes Virginia, the COMELEC wants to show high degree of transparency as it goes in the bidding of these poll machines to erase  any public doubt in the procurement of these machines. Very good, but what prevents determined dealers from conniving among themselves to do bid fixing and do a moro-moro later during the televised coverage of the actual bidding? Televised bidding is no foolproof but it offers assurance to the public of fairness, clean and  anomalous free bidding.

But if you ask COMELEC chairman Jose Melo on the significance of televised bidding, aside from transparency, which is being required by several groups from the COMELEC, allowing the public to personally see themselves the bidding process through the television may  also protect the agency from unscrupulous bidders.

Melo also disclosed that the “COMELEC’s advisory council, with representatives from various non-government and government groups, has started drafting the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the bidding.” The advisory council is expected to finish the TOR’s draft by Tuesday. The TOR will still need to be reviewed for  approved from the COMELEC upon submission.

The report from abs-cbnNEWS.com  03/07/2009

Melo said that the TOR will have to ” be sold first to the bidders for $20,000 before being publicized. He said the public may be able to view the TOR’s contents by April.”

The COMELEC is targetting to finish the biddings within April and immediately start training its people on how to use the poll machines.

The poll body said it will use the precinct count optical scan (PCOS), which, Melo said, is an improved version of the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) machines that were used in the ARMM elections last year.

It said the final testing has been scheduled for November. The poll body has also announced that it is planning to hold the filing of candidacy on November to be able to include all the candidates’ names in the ballots that will be used in the automated elections.

Melo, meanwhile, explained that the machines that will be used by the COMELEC in the coming elections will only be rented from the winning bidders.

“We cannot buy the machines because they are too expensive and aside from that the machines may be already obsolete for the next election. Buying would mean we will be stuck with one provider,” he said.

He said the machines would be used by the COMELEC once. Three years after 2010, the poll body would have to conduct bidding for the next automated elections.

“Because the machines will be rented, it is only for this election,” Melo said.

With so many scandals the COMELEC has been involved with in the past, it’s about time to raise public trust to the efficiency, integrity, and independence of this poll body. Going into television to show transparency in the bidding of poll machines is just the beginning step to re-gain people’s trust after some COMELEC officials destroyed and tainted the good image of this poll body.

But what good does the televised bidding do if after the provision of these machines cheating and inefficiency in the counting of votes still remain. If some officials lacking in integrity put shame to the institution because of their anomalous acts, similarly the COMELEC officials should learn the meaning of shame this time.

Viva COMELEC !

 

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Responses

  1. Viva Katotohanan, down with pandaraya. Hello Garci mayroon pa bang susunod na anomalya.

    Sige COMELEC linisin mo ang iyong sarili, ngunit huwag kang maligo sa tubig ng Pasig River. Hindi ka malilinis diyan, bagkos lalo ka pang dudumi.

    Getz ninyo ang pilosophy ko? Ako rin hindi ko maintindihan ang aking mga pinagsasabi.

    Wish ko lang from Heaven above ay maging sinsiro talaga kayo nang walang bahid na pagpapanggap.

    Itaguyod ang malinis ng halalan!!!!!

  2. What good does it make? Hindi ako sigurado. It remains to be seen. Ang kailangan genuine na pagbabago ng mga tauhan ng COMELEC from the Commission down to the municipal election registrar and clerk, etc.
    Hindi nga bilib ang ibang mga Obispo diyan sa computerization of election. Subject pa rin daw ng hacking at dayaan. Puso at isip muna ang dapat linisin nila at hindi magpapagamit sa mga pulitiko come what may.

  3. Mga fans ni Yuko mayroon nang part-2 sa kanyang kasaysayan. Pasyalan lang ninyo ako sa bahay ko

  4. Kap,
    Iyon counting machines ay madali day ma-hack pagdating sa transmission ng data.
    Kung gugustohin, walang hindi imposible kasama na diyan ang pandaraya.

  5. Tutal ako na ngayon ang presidente ng Eggplant Rapper Fans Club, at nakapagpaalam na rin ako kay Eggplant, ladies and gentlemen it is an honor to present to Eggplant for the Cocoy’s Delight Version of his Rap MABUHAY KA FRANCIS M.

    Are you ready guys, here we go!

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    There is Kutsara and kumander pipi fighting for delight
    Cocoy’s sapatos may hit their ngala-ngala
    artsee is mayaman, Joeseg is bright, Magno is a nice guy
    and Greggy’s finger digs alright, yeah digs alright…

    And now let me say something to my hero,
    hero of the masa siya ay isang true Filipino…

    “Nakilala ka bilang isang rap-artist, yeah rap artist,
    Nagsunuran na sila, at nagrarap na rin, mayaman at mahirap,
    Mga buntis at nanganganak, nawiwili na rin, nawili na rin
    Sa pakikinig sa rap mo Francis M. Yeah, Francis M.”

    “Pati si pareng Cocoy, pati si paren Tong, sa himig ng tunog pinoy
    Ay nagrarap na rin, nagrarap na rin, sila ay Pilipino…
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    Basta Pinoy rap ayus lang ang pandinig, tayo ay Filipino.
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    Na tayo’y mga Pinoy, tayo’y hindi Kano,
    Huwag kang mahihiya kung ang ilong mo ay pango.
    Francis M, Francis M, mabuhay ka Francis M
    Sa ala-ala ng lahat idol ka namin
    Kahit pa iyong mga nasa Japan ay ina-idol ka rin
    Mapa-japayuki man o maid in Hongkong
    Idol ka, idol ka, idok ka naming lahattttttt.”

    Salamat pareng Eggplant na tortang talong. Salamat din sa lahat.

  6. Televised poll bidding…

    Ano yan, reality TV?! Shame, shame on them trying so very hard to make points that the Kumolek is and won’t be a party to a massive cheating again. My foot! As long as Gloria Arroyo is the pekeng presidente, election cheating via Kumolek continues in her favor, of course.

    Comelec might as well televise the actual counting of votes with the tv cameras panning on the actual votes. Yan baka makabawi pa sila.

    Pathetic Kumolek!

  7. These people are too assuming. What do they think of the Filipinos, everybody is idiot. KapitanKidlat this televised poll machine bidding is a sham and a shame.

    If they want honest and clean election then they should do their job without fear. Come what may. That’s the price they have to pay for being there.

    If they can’t deliver then they should be honest enough to resign!

  8. If I get Carmina right, you must be born again!

    Doc.bobonyo it’s time to do your share of moral regeneration.

  9. Subukin kaya muna natin itong computerized machine ng COMELEC kung gagana.Ika nga try and try until we succeed.

  10. Oks na oks sa akin na subukan ang computerized election, and hindi oks ay ang kung anu-ano pa ang drama nila na televised bidding just to show na malinis sila.

    Sabagay, kahit computerize yan ay siguradong may dayaan, baka mas malala pa, pero masubukan din kung gaano kalawak ang dayaan na magagawa by use of technology.

    Hindi titino ang pulitika sa Pinas hangga’t ang pinoy ay nabibili ang boto.

  11. Palagay ko it’s about time na nga na gayahin natin ang US, computerized election.

    Ewan ko lang kung uobra pa diyan ang mga hello Garci.

    Kung may dayaan man siguro vote buying na lang at pananakot.

    Pero kaya na iyan ng ating mga kapulisan at kasundalohan.

  12. Kap ang Banong,

    mawawala ako ng ilang araw, uuwi na ako sa amin dala ang mga children ko. I will see my parents and to settle our differences.

    My former husband is here daw nagbabakasyon. Gusto raw niya akong makita with my children. Nagpapahiwatig pa nga kung puweding magkakabalikan kami. I don’t know. Magulo ang isip ko pa ngayon.

    Sige Banong and kap babalitaan ko na lang kayo.

    Isang tanong, Banong okay lang bang bumalik ako sa mister ko kahit inipotan ko siya sa ulo?

  13. telebays pa ‘yung biding?
    hu ar dey puling?
    it is nat di masin bat di person hu handels di masin.

    dis melon amoy is traying tu lid as intu bilibing his kumisyon is naw klin.

    tanga!

    sino’ng uululin mo, melon?

    pero pagbibigyan ka namin, for the benefit of doubt, ‘ika nga. patunayan mo munang HINDI ka hawak sa bayag ni gloria!

    tanggalin mo ang mga sangkot sa dayaan noong nakaraang eleksiyon. alisin mo sa kumisyon mo ang alam mo’y kasangkapan ng maruming administrasyon.

    gusto naming makitang wala na diyan si sarmiento at habulin mo si bedol!

  14. At saka, ideklara niya na si Tzubiri ay hindi halal na senatong kundi gawa ni Abaloslos at Bedol!

  15. At higit sa lahat huwag kayong padidiktahan sa mga pidalista. Magbiseklata na lang kayo ayon sa gusto ng publiko hindi sa kagustohan ng mga taong nakapalibot sa reyna ng arina, hahahaha.

  16. Makapal ang arina sa mukha means hindi na tinatablan ng hiya magawa lang ang kagustohan ng mga taong naglagay sa kanila sa puwetsto, I mean puwesto.

  17. Kap,
    May meeting tayo ngayon tungkol sa public service. Ikaw ang moderator at huwag kayong mawawala ni Banong sa aking Klinika, hehehe.

    Pakisabi na lang sa COMELEC maraming nagpi-pray para sa kanila. Do it right, do it honestly, every vote counts for the good of this country. Don’t waste away the sanctity of the ballot.


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