The Commission on Elections last Wednesday said it needs an additional 2.5 billion pesos to implement a Senate proposal to use projectors during the counting of ballots in the 2022 elections.
Lawmakers have been eyeing the use of projectors and bar code scanners in the next presidential polls for a more transparent vote-counting.
The proposal involves the purchase of new machines, including hand-held scanners that will be used on bar or QR codes on every ballot, and projectors that will be used to flash digital tally sheets.
The vote counting machines used in the 2019 midterm polls cannot be used to project the tallying of votes due to the equipment’s small screen, Comelec Commissioner Mario Casquejo said.
The 2.5 billion pesos is on top of the Comelec’s 24-billion-peso budget proposal, he said.
The election commissioner added, “I don’t know if the Department of Budget and Management will give the Comelec that budget.”