Tracking system needed – Gordon
SEN. Richard Gordon asked the Commission on Elections to come up with “a tracking system” to ensure the orderly transport of voting machines.
He said that the tracking system would complement the use of cargo forwarders to deliver the machines to all polling precincts.
“We have to assure the people that the machines, which have already been tested, will be delivered to a certain polling place at a particular time,” said Gordon, author of RA 9369 or the amended Automated Elections System Law.
Delivery of the machines, called precinct count optical scans, was committed by the consortium of Smartmatic International Corp. and Total Information Management Technology Inc. in its contract signed with the Comelec.
The consortium earlier said that instead of one, it would tap a number of cargo forwarders to speed up the transport of the machines to polling centers nationwide.
Gordon favored the tapping of the services of a number of forwarders, saying it would foster competition and prompt efficient shipment of the machines.
“Since there will be several forwarders instead of just one, they would now compete in the sense that each one will give its best shot by delivering fast and efficiently. They would not want to be criticized and told that the others were better,” he said.
However, Gordon said that the Comelec should know where these machines are at any given time. “That is why, there should be a tracking system. If you can have GPS (global positioning system), that would be better,” he said. By: Bernadette E. Tamayo - Journal Online