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Acting chairperson Namfrel is an IT professional.

Expert in information technology (IT) Angel Averia Jr. has been appointed as the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections’ new interim chair (Namfrel).

The election watchdog announced on Wednesday that Averia had been chosen during a meeting of its national council on Tuesday.

August Lagman, the poll watchdog’s chairperson since 2018, resigned on June 2 and was replaced by Averia.

Lagman joined Namfrel in 1984 and oversaw the parallel vote tabulation for Operation Quick Count until 2007. From 1992 to 2006 and again from 2012 until 2022, he was a member of the group’s National Council.

From 2011 to 2012, he also worked as a commissioner for the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Namfrel and its volunteers expressed their gratitude to Mr. Lagman for his decades of work on behalf of free and fair elections in the nation through Namfrel and wished him well in his future undertakings.

The Comelec Advisory Council is attended by Averia on behalf of Namfrel.

He has held numerous supervisory and management positions in both marketing and technical support during his more than 40 years of employment in the IT sector.

He has expertise in project management, consulting, application design, systems integration, systems implementation, project management, business continuity and disaster recovery planning and implementation, as well as planning and implementation of information system security, according to the group.

In 1992, Averia volunteered for Namfrel’s systems department as a new employee, and she eventually joined the organization’s national council.

In addition to analyzing election results data, he helped the election watchdog organization set up mechanisms for gathering election data and conducting parallel vote counts.

During elections, the organization acts as the poll body’s authorized citizen arm.

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