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PH 2016 polls sets record for fastest transmission of electronic vote count

Smartmatic yesterday said that the country’s national elections on Monday had set a new record for the fastest transmission of electronic vote count.

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In a statement, Smartmatic, the official leasing of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the 2016 general polls, said that with only just four hours after the polls closed on Monday, the vote transmission rate stood at 80 percent, setting a new record for speed.

Smartmatic said that by 8 p.m. on Monday, 66 percent of the vote counting machines (VCMs) had transmitted their results compared to 17 percent transmitted at the same period in 2010.

Earlier, Comelec chairman Andres Bautista already stated that the 2016 elections was record-breaking due to the technology and society’s effort.

“Leveraging technology and the committed effort of the society as a whole, we conducted a record-breaking election which delivered accurate, transparent, and legitimate results that contributed to an historic turnout of 81.7 percent,” Bautista said.

Antonio Mugica, the chief executive officer of Smartmatic, said the global election solutions company was proud to be part of the largest electronic vote-counting project in history.

“In only six years, the Philippines has become a world reference point for automation and well-run elections. This has also been a landmark in electoral automation with the largest ever manufacture and deployment of vote counting machines; making this a truly historic moment,” he said.

Mugica also recalled the comprehensive audits, reviews, and certifications which were conducted to show that the system was fully prepared in terms of speed, reliability and security.

“The level of transparency in this election is unrivalled. For months, key stakeholders audited our technology,” he added.

“With the combination of Smartmatic’s solutions, the guidance of Comelec, and the dedication of more than 270,000 Filipino poll workers, volunteers, and operators, this election is a success.”

More than 92,500 of Smartmatic’s vote-counting machines were deployed across 36,805 polling centers for the election. In addition, overseas voting in 18 countries was also conducted.

  • JC

    thank you smarmatic and comelec for your hard work to show the countries democracy. Despite unfair accusations from both of you… Again thank you….

  • EBR

    good work Comelec and Smartmatic…