Pinoys may be using touchscreens to vote in 2016

Filipinos could be using touch screen technology in the 2016 presidential elections.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. revealed, the poll body is considering this technology as an alternative to the precinct count optical scan machines that have been used in the past elections.

However, the choice on which technology to use will depend on how much budget will be given by Congress to the Comelec next year.

Brillantes led the Comelec en banc in facing the House panel of the joint congressional oversight committee (JCOC) on automation, where they presented their report on the 2013 midterm elections, as well preparations for the 2016 presidential polls.

If the project pushes through, instead of shading ballots, voters would be allowed to pick their candidates from a touch screen.

Brillantes, along with senior Comelec commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph, is retiring in February 2015.


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