June 03, 2020
This study aims to find a solution to the perennial problem of inefficient and costly conduct of elections in the Philippines. It proposes the use of the SMS-Based Election software run by a computer program linked to a designated server, computers, and cell phones. It is assumed that the use of this program will significantly reduce the time to conduct and determine the results of elections. In addition, it will reduce the cost of the conduct of elections and this will mean savings for the government. The program was pilot tested in a school election. Using triangulation, the results were generated less than an hour after the voting and were found to be 100% accurate. A focused group discussion with the student voters later confirmed that the results matched the names of the candidates for whom they actually voted. The research concluded therefore that the program is not only efficient, but also 100% accurate.
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