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Liberal Party questions ‘3M uncounted votes’

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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ALSO READ: Aquino beats Estrada in San Juan; null votes blamed

President, VP winner proclamations delayed

FILIPINOS are entitled to know the truth about those null votes. With all the complaints of irregularities documented during the last elections involving the automated system itself (e.g. the PCOS machines, the CF Cards, the ballots), why should we take Smartmatic and Comelec’s word that these null votes are the result of voters not having voted for any VP candidate, or resulted from an undershaded oval beside the VP Candidate’s name, or overvoting – meaning thes voters vote for more than the These PCOS machines are hardly perfect, and may have mistakenly not counted appropriately filled out ballots.

What’s suspicious is that those null votes where significantly huge in areas where Jojo Binay led the VP count by at least 10 percent. These was evident in 3 regions alone. Also, in the Mindanao area, there was an unusually high turnout of voters in the ARMM provinces reaching over 90 percent, w/c was more than the national average of 70 percent. Ask any statistician and they will tell you that it’s statistically impossiblethat a candidate would just get zero or 1 vote, as what happened to Sen. MAR Roxas in the last elections. It’s deja vu all over again! Didn’t FPJ have this same problem when he ran in the 2004 presidential elections vs Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and he too received zero votes exactly in these very same areas that Roxas has been lagging behind Binay?

Congress as the National Board of Canvassers has the power to decide to count those votes. The legislators made the canvassing rules, and can very well adopt new rules and procedures to address the problem of those 3M null votes. The figure is just too large to ignore! Will the Senators and Congressmen be irresponsible and just close their eyes on this issue? What if it happened to them in the next elections?

Btw the Automated Election System Law (RA 8346) doesn’t contain any defintion of ‘null votes’, so I went to the Comelec web site to search through its resolutions and other documents which could contain the definition. Either there is no such published definition, or the Comelec web site was acting funky again.

And just for the sake of argument: Even if the null votes affect Sen. Noynoy Aquino and go the way of former President Joseph Estrada, as the Binay camp intrigues in an attempt to douse cold water on the LP’s assertions on behalf of Sen. Roxas, Aquino will still end up w/ a 2-million margin vs Estrada. So there.

Let’s get to the truth! Count those null votes now!


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Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


People Power nostalgia helped Cory’s son win
POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual Jr.

CORE ISSUE: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was not a candidate for president, but the opposition succeeded in setting her up as the core issue in the bruising campaign that saw the drubbing of candidates perceived, rightly or wrongly, to be her chosen ones.

The emerging results of the May 10 elections confirm this marketing success of anti-Arroyo forces in selling Sen. Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party as the answer to what they claimed was the runaway corruption in her administration.

Click Federico Pascual

Election results
ROSES & THORNS By Alejandro R. Roces

Our prayer before the elections was for honest and clean elections that would provide us with relatively untainted results. We are surprised at how quickly results were being reported. So quickly in fact, the speed has helped stymie cheating, ballot box switching and result manipulation. We have taken another step forward in our maturation as a democratic nation. We thank Senator Gordon and Congressman Locsin and all the authors of the poll automation bill.

Via Alejandro Roces

Too soon the poll praises
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Almost everyone is praising the speed with which the election results were recorded, with all the elation centered on the automated count. Almost.

While the speed with which the electoral count was refreshing, the question to ask is whether the results transmitted were accurate.

We may well have an electronically elected president, but one that may not reflect the sovereign will of the people.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares.

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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.

via Business Insight Malaya | Editorial.

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.

Via Inquirer.net

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

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Comelec was warned about ballot production software

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


* With the numerous failures to read local votes in initial tests of the voting machines and the Smartmatic admission of a problem in configuring the ballot design, is it possible that Smartmatic used their ballot production software despite the clear warning by the source code review contractor that it should not be used? And that was only one of over 5,000 unresolved problems that the review found in the source code. Analysis by poll automation expert ROBERTO VERZOLA of Halalang Marangal (HALAL).

According to the Automated Election Law (R.A. 9369), the Comelec Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) must “certify, through an established international certification entity, … categorically stating that the AES, including its hardware and software components, is operating properly, securely, and accurately, in accordance with the provisions of this Act based, among others, on the following documented results: 1) … ; 2) … ; 3) The successful completion of a source code review; 4) … “

For the certification entity, the Comelec chose SysTest Labs Inc., a U.S. firm that certifies voting software. SysTest conducted its review of the Smartmatic source code on Oct. 26, 2009 to Feb. 9, 2010. It was on the basis of the SysTest recommendation that the COMELEC accepted the Smartmatic software and went ahead with the automated elections. Although SysTest submitted its “Certification Test Report for Source Code Review, Readiness and Security Testing Rev. 1.06″ on Feb. 9, the COMELEC released the full text of the report only on Apr. 30, barely ten days before the May 10 elections.

The SysTest review found 9,888 problems, which ranged from “critical” or “major” to “minor” problems. Of these problems, Smartmatic was able to correct 4,422 critical or major problems. However, 327 major problems, 4,897 minor deviations from standards and 242 minor non-standard-related problems – a total of 5,466 problems – remained unresolved, according to the SysTest report.

via GMANews.TV.


DepEd, teachers unprepared for manual count

MANILA, Philippines – The public school teachers tasked to serve in the country’s first nationwide automated polls are not ready to conduct a manual count.

This admission was made during a pre-election briefing on Wednesday at the Department of Education (DepEd) in Pasig.

Education Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, DepEd spokesman, told ABS-CBN News on Wednesday that the DepEd and its teachers are not prepared for a manual vote count if the automated count fails.

Via ABS-CBN News

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