Computer error, ‘2 sets’ of CoCs bared
Posted by akosistella on May 26, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 4) The “erroneous” number of registered voters, the alleged “two sets” of certificates of canvass CoCs, and the digital signatures of the poll inspectors on the election returns were the focus of discussions Wednesday by the joint congressional canvassing committee seeking to start its count of the votes for president and vice president Thursday.
For hours, committee members from the Senate and the House of Representatives needled Commission on Elections and Smartmatic officials and technology experts over these concerns.
“I apologize for the error that is presented in the server,” Smartmatic president for Asia-Pacific Cesar Flores told the committee after Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile demanded an explanation as to why the figure “256, 733, 195” was reflected on the “No. of Registered Voters” during the initialization process of the consolidation and canvassing system CCS server to be used in the tally of votes for president and vice president.
Epic failures of Smartmatic-TIM
The post-election drama is getting more exciting to watch. Since the past week, the public have witnessed the Congressional hearings on the alleged electoral fraud during the country’s first automated elections. The intense turn of events pushed a lawmaker to make ‘unparliamentary remarks,’ transformed a whistle blower into a ‘Koala Bear’ and prompted more losing bets to cry foul over electoral fraud. Yet it is still unclear what the government will do with the consortium that made the poll automation, along with the glitches, possible.
After winning the controversial bidding last year, Smartmatic International Corp. (Smartmatic), a subsidiary owned by Smartmatic International Holding Inc. from Netherlands, and Total Information Management Corporation (TIM), a domestic corporation engaged in information technology and service provider, became the main providers for the May 10 national elections using electronic voting solutions.
Despite major questions on poll automation, the Supreme Court upheld the contract between Comelec and Smartmatic-TIM. In an instant, Smartmatic-TIM became a household name as the major poll provider in the automated elections.