Dubbed as the first automated election in Asia, the 2010 National and Local elections in the Philippines will create a landmark in history, whether it be a success or a complete chaos. It is the first time that any country will attempt a conversion of an election system from manual to electronic nationwide. Yet, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the Philippine government's constitutional poll body seems to have very late and little preparations, hastening it without doubt of an impending failure of the system nationwide.
The Philippine IT Community expressed its worries in several occasions from the bidding procedure to to demanding a wide review of the source code of the softwares that will be used in the election. With great unpopularity, the automation of the election process was awarded to the controversial company SMARTMATIC-TIM which loaned its optical mark reader software from Canada's DOMINION.