The absurdities of the Comelec position that poll automation can safely be conducted nationwide in 2010 are getting more glaring.
One has to do with the truncated design of the Smartmatic-TIM proposal. They could have set up a keyboard interface for the voter to make his choices, but they didn’t. Instead, the voter must “shade” in his choices on a proposed ballot that can contain up to 600 names depending on how many candidates qualify for the 2010 elections. Comelec now has an incentive to err on the side of “short lists” when it decides to disqualify candidates.
See the editorial today in the Daily Tribune. A further interesting question: What would a “party list” group with lots of funds do to make sure it can run for Congress in the 2010 elections? (Hat tip to Lolong Rejano for inspiring this question.)