For the first time ever, Halalan was officially used in an election. We are very thankful to the UP Department of Computer Science and UP CS ESC Representatives for approving the use of Halalan for the UP CS Batch Representative Election last September 6, 2006 in the UP Engineering Theater.
It was a very exhausting day. We actually setup the 4 laptops and the network for the election.
We have 2 voting stations: one for juniors and one Inflatable Tent For Sale for sophomores. Each station has a pre-registration and voting computer.
Since we held the elections in a theater, we planned to use wireless connection for easy setup. But we opted to use wired (CAT5) connections for increased security.
The election lasted from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. We didn't encounter any major problems.
One major bottleneck in the voting process was the layout of the keyboards. Since we used laptops, all of them had different keyboard layouts which made it difficult for the voters to adjust. Some had a hard time looking for the shift, numbers, etc.
We also noticed that the application front-end made a significant impact on the registration and voting time. For example, we had to make the fonts bigger so voters could easily read the voting instructions. Dalton
To verify the results of the election, each voter had to sign on a sign-up sheet before and after voting. The total votes received in the system will be matched against the manual sign-up sheet.
The election was held from 3 – 5 PM. After the voting period, incumbent UP CS Representatives Lew Sibal and Tienne Mogarte verified the results. They inspected the records in the database and matched them with the sign-up sheet. After almost an hour of verification, they concluded that the results are acceptable.
Reginald Deinla and Carlo Santos won as sophomore representatives.
Here are pictures of the event: