26 October 2011

House biometric voting system pushed

An administration congressman wants House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” R. Belmonte Jr. to revive the Biometric Electronic Voting System (BEVS) project that two of his predecessors failed to install due to a glitch in the installed system.
Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez filed House Resolution No. 1783 seeking a review of the status of the P15-million electronic plenary voting system that was initiated by then House Speaker Jose C. de Venecia Jr. in late 2007.
However, De Venecia’s predecessor, House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles, decided to abandon the project when testing of the computerized voting showed grave errors.
The project called for the installation of 239 E-voting interface gadgets in the plenary hall. The contract was awarded to InfoBahn Inc. Sources at the Information Technology (IT) department of the chamber said full payment for the project has been withheld.
Benitez said a number of lawmakers agree that it is about time the project is revived by the House leadership.
Under the proposed BEVS, at minimum 285 E-voting interface gadgets should be installed, representing the current number of members of the chamber.
“Many countries in Asia have already installed and implemented electronic voting system in their parliamentary session, including the National Assembly of Thailand and the Korean National Assembly,” Benitez explained.
He said the E-voting system is expected to encourage plenary attendance and promote efficiency in plenary procedures. (Ben R. Rosario)





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