Brillantes on 2016 polls: Our problem are 'politicians'

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


CEBU CITY -- Corrupt politicians are the main problem of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) come 2016 presidential elections.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes, in his visit in Cebu last week, said the very problem is not the performance of the (PCOS) machines that will be used in the 2016 elections but the unscrupulous politicians.

"Ang problema namin hindi yong makina. Ang problema namin yong tao - yong nanakot, yong mga politiko na namimili ng boto," Brillantes said in a press conference held in a hotel here.

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"We're touching on all subjects (for the 2016 elections), especially yong hindi natin ma-solve noon. Automation does not solve the problem of violence and intimidation and vote buying," he added.

Consortium on Electoral Reforms (CER) chairman Ramon Casiple also said they are coming out with measures to ensure a clean election in 2016.

Casiple said they partnered with Comelec to solve the problems of election violence, electoral fraud and voting buying in the coming presidential elections.

CER is a coalition of 48 electoral reform organizations in the Philippines.


Preparation

"Ang election sa 2016 is a very important election because presidential 'to, eh. Therefore, we make sure na malinis ang mangyayari dito sa election na ito," he said.

Comelec is now on the process of determining what things should be done so as not to repeat the problems encountered in the two previous automated elections in 2010 and 2013.

"We are now in the process of determining what to do, what system will be used. Will we use the existing machines or will we come out of an all brand new machines?" Brillantes said. "We are also now on process of working on the budget for the 2016 elections. kailangan makakuha kami ng magandang budget."

He said they will also solve the glitches involving the machines that were encountered last elections.

'New machines'

Depending on the budget they will get, Brillantes said they are considering on purchasing new machines that will be used in the coming elections.

He, however, said: "Kung magkakaroon nga bagong machines o bagong system, double preparation na naman, double voters education, at doble yong training (ng poll personnel/technicians) kasi iba na, eh...doble din ang gastos."

"What we want is one system – (whether) all new (machines) or use the old and come in with an improved system," he said.

Brillantes said they travelling all over the country to discuss with Comelec regional field officers to make the people aware that the Commission will improve and enhance the automated system for the 2016 elections. (Sunnex)

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