AutoVote soon to change student elections


For many years, the paper ballot has been the way of electing University Collegiate Student Council (UCSC) and Department Student Council (DSC) officials. But as pushed through by last year’s UCSC, automated elections (AutoVote) will soon be a feature of the electoral process.

The speed and ease of information technology is set to benefit the electoral procedures. This has been verified with the success of the reinvention from manual voting to electronic voting as the COMELEC will now utilize the PCOS (Precint Count Optical Scan) machines that eased the voting process by ballot shading, speed of counting, and early proclamation of winners. AutoVote is set to eradicate the  tedious processes of voting, canvassing, and making manual reports in the UCSC-DSC elections.

The system has the automatic features to record, count, and canvass votes while abiding by the rules and regulations suitable to the University’s election setting.

Just like the manual elections, the electronic voting will still be manned by Comelec officers-in-charge. They will be in charge of generating electronic election reports.

There will be three interfaces along with the AutoVote system: USCOMELEC Interface (for the over all in-charge of student elections), DSCOMELEC Interface (for the persons in-charge in a departmental level), and Student’s/Voter’s Interface (for the voter’s access).

In a research proposal on automated elections presented  by Professors Raymond Bermudez and Donnabell Hernandez of CCS, the pilot testing of AutoVote yielded a “very much attainable” over-all mean in terms of usability, efficiency, maintainability and adaptability.

The year prior to the proposal for automated elections was approved, the student council members pushed for the amendment of the electoral code.

Last year, the 2016-2017 council was successful in propelling the technical reinvention of the electoral process with AutoVote.

This year, the current council looks forward to bringing about the revisions to the electoral code to include the rules on online campaign.

Indeed, the electoral process continues to transform to adapt to the changing needs of the student body, students remarked.

Indeed, the wave of the future is ICT, student leaders added.