Voters in the coming elections may not be able to try out the new automated election system (AES) after all. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is reportedly having second thoughts on pilot-testing the touch screen technology and Internet voting system for the 2016 electoral exercise. A Comelec source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the commission is reviewing a previous decision to pilot test the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) or touchscreen technology.
The commission opted to undertake the reassessment and to even suspend the public bidding supposedly conducted last March 27 for the lease of 410 DRE machines.
The Comelec official said the poll body has also not taken any action on the motion for reconsideration filed by Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. over its disqualification from the first round of the DRE bidding.
Aside from the use of DRE technology, the Comelec source said the poll body is also reviewing the use of Internet voting.