Newly appointed Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista is keeping an open mind about the proposal to hold the 2016 elections using a mix of the automated and manual systems because of the short time left for the poll body to prepare for it.
Speaking to ANC’s “Headstart,” Bautista said he will study the suggestion of former Comelec commissioner Gus Lagman for the voting and counting to be held manually at the precinct level while the canvassing at the municipal and national levels will be automated.
“No [to] manual [elections], but is it possible to have a hybrid? I am open to it personally. But I think we have to consult. There are pros and cons in respect to doing a hybrid,” he said.
Following his appointment to the Comelec, Bautista announced they will hold parallel biddings for the refurbishment and upgrade of the existing 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and for the lease of new 100,000 machines.
The first option is expected to cost the poll body about P5 billion while the second option carries a price tag of P12 to P13 billion.