In a few days’ time, it’ll be the elections and both candidates and voters are ready for their picks. Politicians are on the move in making what they want and need happen; this, of course, can happen with the help and cooperation of the voters.
If you are a voter, then you need to be aware of how you can vote and where you can proceed to do it. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has a utility tool designed to aid all the voters to locate where they can go during the elections.
The online precinct finder
Our technology today is helpful in a way that it complements the things we need to do. In fact, it helps us with what we need to know in almost every event or occurrence that happens in our country.
COMELEC was able to devise a tool that will be helpful for voters in knowing which precinct they need to go to for them to register their votes.
Eliseo Rio, Jr., the acting chief of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), shared this innovative tool in order to help people to find out where they need to go for their votes.
He said that three (3) days before the May 13, 2019 elections, the online precinct finder will be operation and that people can start to use it for them to be aware of what they need to do and where they have to go.
We are pleased to inform you that by 1 p.m. today, the Precinct Finder is up and operational, after resolving all issues on its operation and cybersecurity measures. This is now the final version good for voters’ usage.”
The tool underwent a few modifications and updates but the department is happy to inform everyone that this final release is what the voters can utilize for their perusal.
Where can we access the online precinct finder?
James Jimenez, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Official Spokesperson tweeted last Friday evening that the online precinct finder can finally be accessed by the public. He even gave the link out for registered voters on Twitter to not have a difficult time in figuring out what website/s they need to access.
— James Jimenez (@jabjimenez) May 10, 2019
Jimenez said in one interview that there were a few bug fixes that needed to be made. He gave details on what it is and what he and the DICT had done to be able to resolve this error.
Unfortunately, meron pang nalalabing issue as of yesterday. As it was explained to me, the program returned a default response of ‘deactivated’ kapag may na-encounter siya na blank field doon sa query. At kaya naman may blank field doon, to put it simply, ay para sa data privacy protection.”
The link of the official online precinct finder for the May 13, 2019 elections is https://www.gov.ph/web/precinctfinder. It’s new, updated, and more secured than previous versions and that is the reason why it took them quite some time before they released its final version.
Online precinct finder last 2016
If you were unaware of what happened with this utility tool a few years back, well, it was hacked; penetrated by unofficial people who controlled it and got data and information from people.
So, the DICT made final and legitimate configurations and modifications with the tool and ensured the public that what happened last 2016 won’t happen again in this year’s local and national elections.
In the configurations and announcements that the tool is unusable, the department and the Jimenez was actually referring to COMELEC’s “Comeleak” back in 2016. It affected and revealed some 77 million voter’s information and spread so they made it sure that the specific event won’t be happening again.
Are you a registered voter? Don’t you know where to go during the election day? Fret no more because COMELEC got you covered. With our help, you can proceed and visit the link directly so you can find where you need to go! Find the link above and you will go straight to the site, fill out all required information and you will know where the exact precinct is of where you have to go to vote!