Fri. Jun 25th, 2021

A bill being pushed by Senator Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos seeks to pilot or test the hybrid election system in the 2022 national polls.

During the Senate hearing on the proposed measure, Marcos was asked by Senator Sonny Angara on how the hybrid election system will be implemented since the May 2022 polls is fast approaching.

Marcos said the proposed system can be piloted in a few areas first.

“Basically, we’re not very ambitious with this. But like every electoral innovation, we could start with a pilot and it is recommended that four areas instead of the 10 clustered precincts as it’s traditionally done,” Marcos said.

“We just do four areas. Two rural, two urban, possibly Luzon and Mindanao, one very populous, one less populous. Something fairly representative just to get it started,” she added.

A hybrid election system is a combination of both manual and electronic methods to be used either in voting, counting, transmission, and canvassing of results.

When Angara queried Marcos if the hybrid election system could be rolled out in the rest of the country by 2025, the Senator from the Ilocos region said that was what she had intended.

“Yes, that’s a recommendation actually: That we avoid the presidential election and that we should focus on a midterm,” Marcos said.

“But I suspect that a small pilot should be embarked upon because it’s not that simple and I doubt if we get it right first [time],” she added.

The Commission on Elections is actually open to the idea of the hybrid election system and submitted to Congress a proposed budget for that. SOVEREIGNPH

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