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Study Shows Filipino Voters Strongly Prefer Automated Election Systems

'Automation of elections has improved the transparency of certain aspects of the electoral process.'
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The results are in and Filipinos have shown more of a preference for automated election systems (AES). A study, conducted by Dr. Ador R. Torneo and Prof. Topin S. Ruiz of the Department of Political Science at De La Salle University, found that the automation of elections has become more and more favored.

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In total, 89 percent of Filipinos preferred the system, based on a Pulse Asia survey. Aside from the convenience of the whole thing, the study's authors point to the credibility, transparency, accuracy, and speed of an automated election system.

"Automation of elections has improved the transparency of certain aspects of the electoral process. Having transparent elections means that the electorate has access to processes and information," the study says.

The Philippines carried out the first automated elections in Southeast Asia back in 2010. The numbers from the period are pretty incredible. Over 50.7 million voters used 82,200 optical scanner voting machines. While over 800 million votes were made to narrow down 85,000 candidates to 17,000 posts.

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"People's perceptions expressed increasing preference since the first automated elections," the authors said. "In turn, the administration gained even more political capital as shown by high approval and trust rating in recent national survey."

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