Arroyo signs P11.3-B budget for automation into law

PRESIDENT Gloria Arroyo on Monday signed into law the P11.3-billion supplemental budget for automation of the May 2010 polls.

President Arroyo signed Republic Act 9525 or the supplemental budget law.

This would allow the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to fully automate the elections as it has been pushing for this to address cheating which is rampant during elections.

In a statement, Presidential Political Adviser Gabriel Claudio said: “We see no more obstacles to the implementation by Comelec of a fully automated election system that will ensure honest, efficient, and credible polls next year… With the enactment of the budget into law, the President is living up to her commitment to modernize the electoral process through automation in order to safeguard the true will of the Filipino electorate.”

Claudio said the 2010 elections would be a landmark democratic exercise as this would be the first time that the country will adopt the automation system in elections. Philippine News Agency

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