House to install additional e-voting gadget at the plenary hall

The House of Representatives will install an additional e-voting
interface gadget at the session hall to facilitate a more accurate and
faster system of voting on important matters.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd District, Negros Occidental) said former
House Speaker Prospero Nograles was responsible for the installation
of the electronic voting system interface gadgets in the session hall
during his term.

“The objective is to encourage lawmakers’ attendance and promote
efficiency in plenary procedures especially during voting on important
measures,” Benitez said.

Benitez said the 239 e-voting gadgets already installed at the session
hall run short of 46 gadgets since the chamber now has a total of 285
members.

Benitez said additional funding is needed for the installation of 46
additional e-voting interface gadgets and other electronic and cabling
requirements to enable its operation.

“The e-voting system allows for the immediate availability of
results, which shall be incorporated in the records of proceedings,
and provides for more statistical information on voting results for
analysis and information to the public,” Benitez said.

Benitez, author of House Resolution 1783 that calls on the House of
Representatives to review and evaluate the biometric electronic voting
system in the chamber, said many countries in Asia have already
installed and implemented the e-voting system in their parliamentary
session including  the National assembly of Thailand and the Korean
National Assembly.

The House of Representatives has started using the Biometric
Electronic Voting System during the resumption of its session in
January 28, 2008.

Benitez said the House Committee on Rules needs to convene an Ad Hoc
Committee to amend the House Rules with regard to the additional 46
interface gadgets which will be install at the plenary hall.

In 2008, the chamber decided to install the P15 million worth
biometric e-voting system at the plenary hall.

The project was awarded to the InfoBahn Inc. after a bidding which was
supervised by the Office of the Secretary General, the Office of the
Director General of the Congressional Planning and Budget Department
(CPBD) and the House Committee on Information and Technology.

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