Controversial election technology provider Smartmatic has launched its 2016 Election Transparency Photo Contest. Winners can expect great prizes, such as MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone. Open to all legal residents of the Philippines who are at least eighteen (18) years old, the said photo contest started this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 until August 2, 2016.
According to Smartmatic, their 2016 Philippine election-related contest is made possible in cooperation with the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF), and is sponsored by Smartmatic Philippines Inc., with address: 16/F Accra Law Tower, 2nd Ave cor 30th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila.
“We are interested in seeing the last elections through your eyes. We’d like to know: “what does transparent elections mean to you?” We’d like to see scenes you have captured in your camera which show the Filipinos exercising their sovereign right and duty to elect their leaders.” Smartmatic wrote on the kind of photos that should be submitted as entries.
“BEIs who were manning the precincts, technicians giving support, volunteers watching over the process, policemen keeping the peace – everything that had to do with the last elections.” Smartmatic added, noting that photo entries should be at least 240 dpi/ppi (.jpg or .png form), should have very minimal alteration, and should be submitted electronically.
Every entry should have details of the subject and where it was taken. Previously published material are allowed, provided that the sender has the rights over the photo at the time of entry. Participants are also allowed to submit as many photo entries as they want, For more details, interested parties are being invited to visit www.smartmatic.com.
Smartmatic was part of the 2010, 2013 and 2016 Philippine automated elections, and resulted to high voters turnout. However, each election has its own controversy, with the last one involving a change is hash code in vote-counting machines (VCMs). This led to accusations of cheating in favor of Liberal Party (LP) vice-presidential bet, Leni Robredo.