held last 11 August 2008 has marked a historic event in the Philippines. COMELEC said that 60% of the 1.5 million voters in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao or ARMM were evidently motivated to elect new leaders by using the electronic voting machines making it a milestone in the country's electoral reform program.
Although there were still irregularities like the usual things such as vote-buying, the ARMM election was generally peaceful and orderly and voters considered it as more convenient and easy to use than manual voting.
Digital Recording Electronic (DRE) machines were used in Maguindanao where voters simply pressed the images of their preferred candidates on a computer screen. While in some provinces, Optical Mark Reader (OMR) counting machines were used to quickly determine the results of the election.
The two mentioned technologies were provided by Smartmatic-Sahi Technology, Inc. and Avante International Technology, Inc. respectively.
Commission on Election proclaimed the winners in less than 36 hours.