Philippines poll automation to frustrate cheats.
Manila: A lawmaker is pinning hopes that the impending automation of elections would prevent fraud as cheaters would forced to tread on an unfamiliar new terrain.
Senator Richard Gordon said automating the May 2010 presidential elections would thwart any plans by what he described as "cheating scholars" to manipulate the results of the elections.
"Massive cheating has marred every past elections in this country that these individuals (fraudsters) have had time to perfect their craft and gained PhDs in election cheating," Gordon said as he explained that fraudsters in the past, had been able to keep a step ahead of measures set in place by election administrators. Proponents of automated elections said that the new system of elections, which will debut in large-scale use in time for the 2010 polls, will be less susceptible to cheating.
Elections in the Philippines have been characterised by result rigging, massive cheating, vote buying, voter intimidation and other forms of electoral fraud.
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