Comelec to conduct Internet voting trials

The Commission on Elections (Comelec), through its Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV), will conduct a series of live test runs of various Internet voting systems as part of an exploratory study on the use of Internet-based technologies for overseas voting in future elections.

In its OFOV’s Facebook post on Friday, the Comelec said test voters, to qualify, must be registered, whether overseas or local, and with active and complete registration records.

The test also requires a smartphone (Android or iOS), tablet device, or laptop/personal computer with Internet access, and the voter must agree to the data privacy policy (DPP) and use of personal data for the test runs by signing the DPP consent form.

After signing up, the voter will wait for the schedule and video call from the OFOV. “Comelec-OFOV personnel will schedule one-on-one video calls with those who completed the signup process to verify the voters’ credentials and confirm their consent to the data privacy policy,” the post read.

Applications for test participation will be accepted via until April 30. The consent form can be scanned using QR code or via the link

The Comelec said overseas voting registration activities in local field registration centers of the Department of Foreign Affairs (Aseana) and National Capital Region West (SM City Manila), Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (Ortigas), and MARINA-SM Manila, however, remain suspended until April 30 or while the modified enhanced community quarantine is in effect.