In a major step forward along the path towards the full modernization of Philippine elections, a non-binding remote electronic voting pilot test will be conducted from the 10th to the 29th of July 2007 in Singapore – host to over 26,000 registered Filipino overseas absentee voters.

The pilot test aims to evaluate the advantages, usability, security,  and reliability of internet voting, in order to assess its potential use in future elections, both overseas and domestic.

The pilot test will be jointly managed by the Commission on Elections, the Department of Foreign Affairs – through the Philippine Embassy in Singapore – and Scytl, the solution provider.

During the pilot test period, voters can cast their votes from their homes, offices, and cyber cafés, in addition to the voting stations that will be set up at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

Commissioner Florentino A. Tuason Jr., Chairman of the COMELEC Committee on Overseas Absentee Voting (COAV) enjoins all overseas Filipinos registered in Singapore, wherever they may be in the world, to participate in the exercise, anytime from 8:00 AM of July 10 to 3:00 PM of July 29, 2007.

“Filipinos in Singapore are presented with a rare opportunity to make history,” Commissioner Tuason said. “Although it is a non-binding exercise, the historic opportunity to be the first to tread along the path of modernized Philippine elections is a chance that should not be missed,”  he added.


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