Comelec asked to probe glitches, disenfranchised votes
Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Despite the fast transmission and tallying of results from the May 10 polls, election watchdog Kontra Daya Against Cheating said the countrys first automated elections were still “fraught with problems,” and called for an investigation into irregularities the group noticed based on its monitoring before and during Election Day.
Among the incidents that Kontra Daya urged the Commission on Elections Comelec to look into were the “faulty” compact flash CF cards on election day, which delayed voting and transmission of results; the failure of several Boards of Election Inspectors BEIs to use the UV lamps to verify the authenticity of the ballots; the actual number of reported disenfranchised voters; and reports of malfunctioning PCOS machines.“We are issuing these recommendations based on the monitoring work we did before and during the May 10 polls,” the group said in a statement on Sunday.
Enrile: We won’t sacrifice accuracy for speed in canvass
MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile assured the public yesterday that Congress will guard the integrity of the results of the canvassing for the votes of president and vice president.
“We will not sacrifice accuracy for speed,” Enrile told radio station dzBB in an interview.
Enrile said he and outgoing Speaker Prospero Nograles have agreed to move the canvassing a week earlier from the original May 31 schedule to May 24, when Congress convenes as a national board of canvassers for the canvassing of votes for president and vice president.
Via Phil. Star
Nograles to Comelec: Don’t pay Smartmatic yet
MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Prospero Nograles wants the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to withhold full payment to its automation contractor Smartmatic-TIM.
“Comelec should not fully pay Smartmatic for the automated elections until such time as the Congress Joint Oversight Committee can give the public a clean bill of health about the first automated polls,” he said.
Nograles said Congress would require Smartmatic to reveal if it sub-contracted the supply of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to other companies.
Via Phil. Star