Layers of subcontractors expose poll machines to risk
Posted by akosistella on March 15, 2010
First of two parts
MANILA, Philippines—While concerns have been raised about some technical aspects of the first nationwide automation elections, the weakest link may be the logistics.
Election observers and political camps have raised questions on the integrity of the software and the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, as well as the reliability of the transmission of results.
However, the windows for cheating, sabotage, or failure—if any party is contemplating this—is in the delivery of the vote counting machines, from the warehouse in Laguna to various parts of the country
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50,000 techies hired to help man PCOS machines
“For a cunning, desperate and sly politician, there are so many ways [to cheat],” said Johnny Revilla, project manager of Placewell Manpower, a recruitment company contracted by the Commission on Elections to supply information technology personnel for the May 10 elections.
Revilla’s company is one of three recruitment agencies that won the contract from Smartmatic-TIM, the technology provider for the polls, to hire 50,000 technicians to help in the operation and maintenance of the 82,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to be used in the balloting.