The Total Information Management Corp. (TIM) agreed to settle things with its partner Smartmatic International and go on with the election automation project. Everybody is happy, except maybe the ones who originally engineered the crisis.
What happened was the initial salvo of what promised to be a persistent attempt to derail the automation of the 2010 elections and revert back to the manual system. There surely will be more attempts in the future.
The lesson drawn from the experience is to ensure the transparency of the whole automation process and let all maneuvers and schemes proceed before the eyes of the people. No maneuver or scheme aimed at derailing the automated elections or carry out cheating operations under the new system can succeed once known.
Citizen vigilance–with full media coverage–is the price of a credible, fair and free 2010 elections.