Comelec advisory council re-constituted for 2016 polls

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Friday, March 28, 2014


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) Advisory Council (CAC) has been re-organized in preparation for the May 2016 national and local elections.

Commissioner Robert Christian Lim officiated the swearing in of members of the CAC in a simple ceremony at the Comelec head office in Manila recently.

The council is composed of nine members from; the academe, non-government electoral reform organizations, ICT professional organizations and select government agencies that will "recommend the most appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective technology to be applied in the Automated Election System (AES)."

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Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre of the DOST ICT Office, CAC chairman, is confident that they will be able to fulfill their mandate.

"Our focus in the selection process for CAC members was focused on the nominee’s technical competencies particularly in IT Systems Design, Software and Hardware Design as well as knowledge of the electoral process and Electoral Law," he said in a statement.

He added, "With constantly improving technologies, we intend to recommend the most appropriate for our current situation; furthermore we intend to totally eliminate security issues while maintaining transparency in the electoral process."

The council has two new members from ICT Professional Organizations namely; Dondi Mapa of the Infocomm Technology Association of the Philippines and (ITAP) and Angel Averia Jr. of the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PHCER) to bolster the Council’s technical capacity.

Other new members include Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Dr. John Paul Vergara of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and lawyer Rona Ann Caritos of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (Lente).

Former CAC members who kept their positions as representatives of their respective organizations were, Undersecretary Alberto Muyot of the Department of Education, Professor Rommel Feria of the University of the Philippines, and George Kintanar of the Chief Information Officers Forum Foundation (CIOFF).

RA 9369 tasks the CAC to recommend to the poll body "the most appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective technology to be applied in the Automation Election System (AES)" for the 2013 elections. (FP/Sunnex)

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