Using the proposed “hybrid” system for the 2022 nationwide and native elections is now unlikely resulting from time constraints, in keeping with the Fee on Election (Comelec).
In a radio interview on Sunday, Comelec Commissioner Rowena V. Guanzon stated the proposed scheme, the place voting and counting can be executed manually, whereas transmission and canvassing can be automated, will not be possible within the subsequent polls since its implementation will take an extended time than the present system they’re utilizing.
At present, all the stated processing of votes are automated below the Computerized Election System (AES) being utilized by the ballot physique.
“Counting alone [using hybrid system] might take 3 days. For president, it might even take one month. Our lecturers can be on the shedding finish as they might get shot at, obtain threats, or get Covid-19 (novel coronavirus illness). We’ve to guard them additionally,” Guanzon stated.
Nonetheless, she stated Comelec may think about the proposed hybrid system after the 2022 polls.
The ballot official issued the assertion in response to the invoice filed by the members of the Makabayan bloc in Congress for the usage of a hybrid election in 2022.
Comelec is anticipating the specter of Covid-19 will persist as much as the 2022 elections, which would require them to proceed imposing minimal well being requirements.
To make sure social distancing can be strictly noticed in voting precincts subsequent 12 months, Comelec is contemplating extending the voting interval from 12 hours to 16 hours and even as much as three days.