Philippines Case Study

BACKGROUND The Philippines has been traditionally viewed as a fragile democracy, experiencing electoral challenges for many years. Elections officials and citizens alike, are often concerned about the potential for electoral fraud, in part because of the long time it takes to manually tabulate and canvass at all levels. In the past, it has taken several weeks to determine victors.

The elections are a test not only of how the citizens would like to see their country governed but also of the system for choosing their government. For the first time in the Country’s history, a modernized voting system is being used in an effort to ensure every vote cast securely, accurately and without any misconception as to the voters’ intent.

National elections in the Philippines
are major operations with
up to 50,000 ballot styles, and
the same number of candidates.

What Dominion Did.

This was the first nationally computerized/automated election in the country’s history. Elections took place in each province, municipality and city – for President, provincial governors, vice governors and board members, city mayors, vice mayors and councillors.

The costs of adopting automated voting systems were justified by the promise of what this change in tabulating ballots would offer the citizens of the Philippines. The decision to go with automated voting helped to change the people’s perception of the democratic process in a very positive way.

Dominion provided the tabulation technology with their
ImageCast® Precinct to the lead vendor in the Philippines

This was the first time that
the ICP had been used in such
a large-scale election.

Within 3 hours, 38% of precinct election returns had been consolidated by the COMELEC, the secular election watch organization, and the information technology random audit. By midnight, this increased to over 55% faster than anyone’s expectations. The 2010 Elections were truly a major accomplishment when considering the size and scale of the operation.

The confidence that came as a result of this first automated election also helped to improve the Philippines financially. The currency surged by 12%, the highest single-day gain since July 2008. The Philippines Stock Exchange rose by 3.85%.