Untested equipment raises questions about poll results accuracy
Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010
Some election equipment were untested and uncertified, raising questions regarding their ability to produce accurate results, a watchdog said, citing a Commission on Elections Comelec Technical Evaluation Committee report.
Among those that were not submitted for testing and certification included central, back-up central, and election system DNS domain name system servers, including one for the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas KBP, the Precinct Count Optical Scan PCOS modem firmware, the ballot production tool, and the public website, the group Kontradaya said.
Also known as a “phonebook” for the Internet, the DNS assigns domain names on the internet and identifies associated networking equipment and locates these devices worldwide.
Poll source code has flaws, says IT expert
MANILA, Philippines – There are several flaws in the source code being used for the automated polls, an official from the Computer Professionals Union (CPU) and Kontra Daya said on Monday.
A source code is a set of human readable instructions that define what a computer will do.
“Erroneous programming on the database can lead to serious problems in data corruption and integrity,” said Rick Bahague of CPU and Kontra Daya. “Transmission of data is not always encrypted and this can be exploited to manipulate results.”
Via ABS-CBN News
NP bares irregularities in PCOS machines
MANILA, Philippines – Alleged irregularities in the testing and sealing of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines have been discovered by the camp of Nationalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manny Villar.
In Muntinlupa, for instance, Villar’s name could not be read by the poll automated machines, NP spokesman and senatorial bet Gilbert Remulla said over the phone on Monday night.
“When the result came out after the voting, walang Villar na lumabas [no vote for Villar was counted]. Our team members voted but their Villar vote did not appear,” Remulla said.