Automated Elections: A bane to the 2010 Elections?

Actually, the original title of my talk for our Finals Seminar Project for the subject Retorika was: “Automated Elections: Konsumisyon sa Eleksyon.” It was the first topic of in a series of talks featured in our Seminar entitled; “Isa, Dalawa, Takbo! Saan Hahantong ang Boto Mo?” held yesterday at the Luis Aguado Viewing Room of the Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo, DLSU-D.

It’s an updated version of my presentation during the forum organized by the NSTP and Pre-Law Society of DLSU-D that tackled the Automated Election System to be used in the 2010 elections in which our guest speaker then was COMELEC Director James Jimenez last September during the OSS Week.

My talk on Automated Election System

In both occasions, I talked about the main vulnerabilities of the AES, that if exploited, could lead to the results of the elections in 2010 being tarnished once more with irregularities and credibility issues. The worse case scenario is, a failure of elections in 2010, if ever something terribly wrong happens to the AES, and what could be the possible outcomes. Either way, one could say that I played the “Devil’s advocate” in showing some grim scenarios if the elections of 2010 gets screwed up the failure of the AES.

Nothing grand really, much of what I’ve included in the presentation was culled from my various readings of pundits’ columns, blogs and of course my own training in Political Science.

I’d like to give big, big thanks to Rom of especially for the awesome graphics I stole used in the presentation and The Jester-in-Exile for the wonderful insights they’ve provided about this topic.

Also, I’d like to thank our audience yesterday, the freshmen of HRD-11 and PSC-11 and the seniors from PSC41.

Of course, I’d like to hear your insights too, do share them in the comments below!

Lastly, congratulations to my classmates from Political Science 21 for a job well done with the forum and to our teacher Ms Marciala Malapit for the wonderful semester of Retorika.

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