Video: Gus Lagman on alternatives to the existing PCOS machine based AES

Blog Watch talked to former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Gus Lagman on the Automated Election Systems. He challenged netizens to discuss alternatives to “its existing precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine-based automated election system, which he finds flawed, to help bring forth polls that are truly credible.”

We must have a system that’ll yield accurate results, lessen election cheating and promote more transparency.

Such system must also speed up elections without sacrificing accuracy, honesty and transparency.

There are available possible solutions that we must look into already.

He noted that so many violations were committed. Digital signatures and other measures to safeguard votes are lacking. The open election system (OES) is the PCOS-based system alternative that he proposed.

The system involves manual voting and encoding in the precint level as well as automated canvassing.

Lagman reiterrates that “Transparency is completely lost when precinct counting is automated”

Watch our video as we talked to Gus Lagman and issues related to the automated election system.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 12 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 22 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

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I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I do not support or belong to any political party but I am a volunteer for senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares. I am also voting for #OtsoDiretso plus two :Neri Colmenares and Leody de Guzman

She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and

Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

Updated April 20, 2019

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