Vote-Counting Machines are ‘7 times faster’ says Smartmatic

As we become a web-centric world, everything nowadays is more convenient and cost-effective. In fact, companies embrace digitization to decrease errors and increase the value of time (faster outcome) and money (affordable ways).

However, if the system is to be used for government purposes, the system must be reliable, impeccable, and flexible.

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For many years, Filipinos use traditional approach during elections by using Ballot boxes.

Smartmatic is a technology solutions provider that helps government fulfill the needs of the citizens. According to Tribune and other publications, the technology provider, Smartmatic, vowed that the new-vote counting machines are ‘7 times faster’ than the machines used in the previous elections.

Furthermore, the optical mark reader machines are proven to be better than the first two automated elections in 2010 and 2013.

The said machine has the following upgraded functions:

  • larger memory
  • faster processor speeds
  • internal battery
  • RAM is 32 times bigger than 2012 and 2013
  • external memory capacity is 52 times larger
  • has the ability to detect stain and dirt inside the system and send an alert to the Board of Election Inspectors

As mentioned in the article, Smartmatic will be distributing 21,000 machines this month, 30,000 by early next year and more than 41,000 units by the end of January 2016.

Significantly, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)  contracted Smartmatic a total of 93,977  vote-counting machines or VCMs, which shall be used in May 2016 National and Local elections.

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However, as the old saying goes, “no such thing as perfect.” Especially, if the machines or technology to be used is for government purposes such as elections.

Hopefully, the system will eradicate fraud and safeguard Filipinos’ integrity.

Do you think these machines will help us have clean elections next year?