Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Prayers for the success of automated elections

Malfunctioning PCOS machines can be fixed, PPCRV told

Senator wants Congress to look into poll machine glitches

No cellphone signals at nearly 5,000 precincts

Defective data cards for poll machines recalled

PCOS machines in Palawan declared faulty

Naloko na.

I get this mounting feeling that the automated election process does not invite much optimism for success. In the manufacturing environment where I work, much, much smaller incidences of failures provide enough reason to reject the whole thing. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to reject the automated election process this late in the game. The call for parallel manual counting only asks for the moon at this point. In my experience in IT, pilot runs are normal and mandatory for a such a large-scale, complex computerization project. It stretches the imagination that there was none, but that is now water under the bridge. Apparently, they also did not employ failure-mode analysis in the planning process.

Massive prayers are called for.

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