With the obstacles to poll automation for the 2010 elections almost all cleared, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is now looking for information technology (IT) people to handle the voting machines.
Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said at least 80,000 IT personnel are needed to assist board of elections inspectors (BEIs) in the forthcoming polls.
Anticipating the possibility that not enough public school teachers would be able to fill the required staff, the Comelec plans to tap IT personnel from various government agencies.
Should that still not be enough, the Comelec might tap the private sector, Sarmiento said. He explained that the Comelec is allowed to tap IT-capable persons to be present in each precinct during Election Day.
Only those accredited by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) would be tapped, he added. Sarmiento said the mechanics of tapping IT people will be up for discussion at the Comelec very soon.
July 10, 2009
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