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Ateneo de Naga University to Propose Computerized Voting Software

Officials of the Ateneo de Naga University here have prepared a computerized voting software which the Commission on Elections (Comelec) may adopt and implement in the 2004 national and local elections.

In a news briefing last Friday, Ateneo officials said the software was prepared by Computer Science professor Rafael Garcia and has three main features for different sets of voters.

Called by Garcia as the "Botong Pinoy" computerized voting system, it features a voting system for regular or literate voters who have to punch computer keys in identifying their chosen candidates.

The second computerized voting system, however, was devised for qualified but illiterate voters who can vote for their favorite candidates through their pictures.

Since they do not know how to write, they will only have to affix their fingerprints to indicate the authenticity of their ballot.

Garcia said the third system was devised for Overseas Filipino Workers (QEWs) who will be allowed by a new law to vote for their homeland candidates for the first time.

Garcia added he and other Ateneo officials will present the computerized voting software today to local officials of the Comelec, Namfrel and the PPCRV, with the hope that it will be adopted as the voting system in the 2004 elections.

Meanwhile, Camarines Sur DepEd Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lucita Aņo told newsmen there is a need for teachers to undergo a "crash course" on computer handling so they can be hired as poll clerks and other election officials for the coming elections.

Aņo said the Comelec, in coordination with, the DepEd, can probably prepare this computer crash course for teachers since most of them are still computer "illiterate" and can not be harnessed for election work unless given this training.