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COMELEC’s P17.99B Deal with Miru Sets Stage for 2025 Automated Elections: A Leap Towards Modernized Philippine Democracy

COMELEC P17.99B Deal with Miru Sets Stage for 2025 Automated Elections: A Leap Towards Modernized Philippine Democracy
COMELEC’s P17.99B Deal with Miru Sets Stage for 2025 Automated Elections: A Leap Towards Modernized Philippine Democracy

In a landmark move, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has inked a P17.99 billion contract with South Korean firm Miru Systems for the 2025 automated elections. This pivotal step not only signifies a leap towards a modernized democratic process in the Philippines but also marks a departure from previous election controversies.

A New Dawn for Philippine COMELEC

The contract entails the lease of the Full Automation System with Transparency Audit and Count (FASTrAC), a system poised to usher in a new era of electoral integrity and efficiency1. With Miru Systems at the helm, alongside local partners, the FASTrAC project promises to deliver a hybrid election system that integrates the best of both manual and automated processes.

A Much-Needed Change

After the highly criticized 2022 elections, the retirement of the old Vote-Counting Machines (VCMs) and the transition to a new system is a breath of fresh air. The FASTrAC project, with its promise of customization and transparency, addresses the clamor for an electoral process that is both secure and accessible. The involvement of political parties and citizens’ arms in the transparency audit is a commendable move that could restore public trust in the electoral process.

The Road Ahead

While the contract signing is a significant milestone, it is just the beginning. The COMELEC and Miru must now work hand in hand to ensure that the system is foolproof and that the 2025 elections will be a testament to the Philippines’ commitment to democracy. The Filipino people deserve an election system that is not only modern and efficient but also transparent and trustworthy.

In conclusion, the COMELEC-Miru partnership is a pivotal step towards rectifying past election woes and setting a new standard for future polls. As we move closer to the 2025 elections, it is crucial that all stakeholders — from the government to the voters — remain vigilant and engaged in ensuring a fair and free election.

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