September 11, 2019
Automated Elections Implemented in NCF BED
The Naga College Foundation Inc., Basic Education Department (NCF BED) composed of the grade school pupils and the junior and senior high school students cast their votes on separate dates from July 5 – 12, 2019 at the Computer Laboratory to select the new leaders of the department for school year 2019 – 2020. But this time, without using a pen and paper but rather, using the Automated Counting Election System.
This is a breakthrough computer system set up by the College of Computer Studies (CCS) headed by Mr. Ronald Baldemoro, a college instructor together with his student-staff composed of fourth year senior college students majoring in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The purpose of which is to educate the students and to promote a fair and honest election through digitization.
This breakthrough project is auto-generated, using a transparency server during casting of votes. A matrix of actual voting count and figures and the turnout of the number of voters with hidden names of the candidates were shown on wide screen outside the polling precinct to monitor its progress.
To cast their vote, the students used a PIN Code, a unique number per student which was only known by the COMELEC. All the students did was to input their PIN CODE and click beside the name of their chosen candidate. To avoid flying voters, student PIN CODE was automatically blocked upon voting. The ICT head and staff disclosed that the system was safe as votes were automatically added and tallied.
Days before the event, the system was tested through a mock election participated by the COMELEC officers and members. The trial was productive as the tally results were automatically generated.
During the actual election process, monitored by the COMELEC officers and members along with COMELEC advisers Mr. Joward M. Diocos and Ms. Jeannylene F. Adan, it was smooth, systematic and well-facilitated.
Students commented that the election was enjoyable, fast, and accurate. It was a proof that the NCF BED cannot be left behind as far as modern innovation is concerned.