Editorials speak of Comelec, Smartmatic incompetence
Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010
Malaya: Hang ’em high
A SURF in the bloggers’ universe yields an amazing near-unanimity in the proposed punishment for Comelec and Smartmatic officials for bungling the automated elections: Hang them high on the nearest Meralco post at Plaza Roma.
Inquirer- Calling Comelec: Go manual
We call on the Comelec to expedite the tests on the new memory cards, by Friday—and, at the same time, prepare for a higher proportion of the manual count, from the 30 percent it had anticipated to at least 50 percent.
Manila Times: Replacing 76,000 PCOS memory cards in 4 days
We have been among the voices asking the people to keep faith with the Commission on Elections, its Chairman Jose Melo and his fellow commissioners, and with the Smartmatic-TIM joint venture that is supplying the technology and machines in our first ever automated election system (AES) exercise to be held four days from today.
Via Manila Times
Phil, Star: Who’s responsible?
Three entities are directly involved in preparations for the country’s first fully automated elections. The main entity is the Commission on Elections. Another is the private consortium of Smartmatic-Total Information Management, which is providing the precinct count optical scan machines and software, and which provided specifications for the design of the ballots. Both the PCOS machines and ballots are supposed to be precinct-specific. The third is the agency that produced the ballots, the National Printing Office.
Via Phil. Star
Daily Tribune: Trash talk
Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections (Comelec), in their attempt to make it appear that the May 10, 2010 polls are still a go, and that these “little” problems of machines glitches are easily resolved, despite the fact that there are only five more days to election day and 82,000 machines can’t possibly be tested the way they should be, are really feeding the Filipino people trash.
via Daily Tribune