By Ernica de Guzman
Tinig Ng Plaridel /

There have been no problems as of 11:45am in this second year of the implementation of completely automated voting at the College of Mass Communication (CMC) said a technical supervisor from UP Linux Users’ Group (UnPLUG), the developer of the voting software Halalan.

“Technically nagkaroon lang kami ng problems nung umaga regarding yung proxy kasi may iba-ibang proxy,” said Gerry Roxas, who is the technical supervisor for CMC and is also affiliated with the Diliman Network (DilNet) Helpers.

Roxas said that instructing the students to use the machines has been okay. The only hassle so far had been repetitively telling the people to use their complete student numbers without the dash (ex: 200XXXXXX) for the username instead of the UP Webmail account username.

A previous report from Philippine Collegian had stated the elections this year will require the students’ UP Webmail accounts, which are used for the Computerized Registration System (CRS).

According to Roxas, UnPLUG’s only worry is that there may be a sudden electrical failure or that the central system, found at the UP Computer Center, will go down.

Halalan was first used in the Engineering Student Council elections for school year 2007-2008. This year will be the first Diliman-wide computerized elections.


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