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How did Smartmatic pass PCOS test?

Posted by akosistella on March 9, 2010

By Manuel A. Alcuaz, Jr.

In the past few months, my main concern has been the danger of automated election fraud. However, recent failures of the Smartmatic PCOS machines to read ballots and smoothly transmit the election returns (ERs) have made me worry about the possibility of election failure. As former Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban has written, a failure in 15% of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines could result in the inability to proclaim a president, vice-president, and any senators!

I decided to go back to the Commission on Elections’ request for proposal and study the requirements for the PCOS machines.

In Component 1-B for the PCOS machines, Comelec defined 33 requirements that had to be met.

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