Smartmatic: 70,000 compact flash cards configured
Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Smartmatic-TIM on Friday morning announced that it has configured 70,000 compact flash cards and it expects to finish configuring all cards needed for the May 10 automated elections before noon.
Cesar Flores, Smartmatic Southeast Asia president, announced over ANC’s Headstart that as of 8 a.m. almost 70,000 have been configured at their central warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna.
“More than 60 percent are already out. They will be arriving between today and tomorrow,” Flores said.
Vote-shaving possible in PCOS machines, poll watchdog warns
Contrary to the government’s assurance that “automated cheating” is virtually impossible, the glitches that occurred in recent precinct-level tests showed there is an easy way to shave votes from target candidates in the May 10 elections, a poll watchdog group said on Thursday.
In a statement, Halalang Marangal (HALAL) said votes can be shaved off certain candidates by making minor changes in the configuration of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines that would be used to count and transmit votes during election day.
According to HALAL secretary-general Roberto Verzola, the current problem with PCOS machines is that there was a mismatch between the PCOS configuration and the ballot layout for local candidates, thus preventing the machines from accurately counting votes during pre-election testing last Tuesday.