Comelec mulls sanctions vs Smartmatic for foul-ups
Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering penalizing poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) for the glitches in the automated election system that will be used during the May 10 polls.
In a chance interview with reporters, Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal admitted that the poll body is thinking of how it can make the technology provider “pay” for its recent foul-ups.
The commissioner issued the statement after some precinct count optical scan (PCOS) units tested last Monday failed to read some votes accurately, forcing them to pull out and replace all the compact flash (CF) cards. (See: Some poll machines fail to read votes accurately)
Most Metro vote scanners delivered to precincts
MANILA, Philippines—Confident that the May 10 elections will push through, the military announced Thursday that at least 80 percent of the vote-counting machines in Metro Manila have been delivered to their respective precincts as of Wednesday night.
Metro Manila commander Rear Adm. Feliciano Angue said the transfer of the remaining 1,511 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from the central hub in Laguna to polling centers across the capital was expected to be completed Thursday.
“We resumed escorting the transportation of the machines on Wednesday after the Commission on Elections suspended the delivery on Tuesday…. The memory cards would just follow,” said Angue in an interview with reporters at Camp Aguinaldo.
Smartmatic execs told: Surrender passports
MANILA, Philippines – The Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) on Thursday urged foreign officials and employees of Smartmatic involved in the election automation project to send their passports to a Catholic bishop.
“We are calling in your bluff. Give us all your passports,” CCM co-convenor lawyer Harry Roque said in a statement.
Roque said his group will turn over the passports to Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz for safekeeping. He said Smartmatic Southeast Asia president Cesar Flores and other Smartmatic officials can send their passports to Cruz’s office at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines compound at 470 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.
Via ABS-CBN News