ELECTION solutions company Smartmatic is offering a new technology that foregoes paper ballots to prevent voting errors.

In a statement on Tuesday, Smartmatic said it presented the new technology during an election fair organized by the Department of Communications and Technology.

The fair showcased various technology that the Commission on Elections could use in 2022.

The Comelec earlier said it would review the systems showcased at the fair.

Smartmatic presented its direct recording electronic voting machines, which use a touchscreen instead of paper.

Smartmatic has been the Philippines’ automated election systems provider since 2008. The Venezuelan company provided the vote counting machines and other equipment for the May 2019 elections.

Smartmatic was met with controversy after glitches were reported during the May polls after about 1,000 voting machines malfunctioned. — Gillian M. Cortez