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How the machines controlled the elections

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


DAVAO CITY – The democratic election principle says voting must be kept secret while the counting must be made open and transparent. But with the way things went in the recently-concluded May 10 elections, things happened the other way around. At the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) session hall where the laptop terminal that gathered election results from various precincts in the city was placed, the widescreen projected the tabulation.

But if the laptop operator made the wrong entry or added the votes, no one would really know. There was no way of verifying the results because the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) laptop, which computed results at the snap of a finger, only showed the sum total of votes but not the figures entered via electronic transmission from the polling precincts.

via Davao Today.


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Election returns flawed, says Locsin

Posted by akosistella on May 24, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Thousands of election returns ERs transmitted from the precinct count optical scan PCOS machines are void because these do not comply with the country’s laws on digital signatures, according to the chair of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform.

Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin, chair of the committee, said Sunday the ERs, on which the certificates of canvass CoCs are based for proclaiming the next president and vice president, had no digital signatures as defined by the country’s e-Commerce Law.The Electronic Commerce Act of 2000 Republic Act No. 8792 gives legal recognition to electronic documents so long as these can be authenticated.

But Locsin was hopeful that the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives, acting as the national board of canvassers for the presidential and vice presidential races, would just “close its eyes” on this “inadvertent mistake” and vote to recognize all the ERs.

via INQUIRER.net.


Comelec to review conduct of automated polls

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is conducting a comprehensive review of the first automated elections in the country, amid allegations of massive poll fraud.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body is set to gather data and then hold a summit to thoroughly evaluate the conduct of the May 10 elections.

“The evaluation will last from two months or more, but initially we will just gather the data, process it and then evaluate it,” he said.

Via Phil. Star

AND: Angara sees quick canvass for poll winners

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Noynoy, Roxas lead in OAV votes, DFA says

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


Liberal Party presidential bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running-mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II dominated the votes cast by Filipinos abroad through the month-long overseas absentee voting (OAV), data from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) showed.

Aquino, who continues to lead in various partial, unofficial tallies based on election returns from the Philippines, won by landslide in votes cast through the OAV with 45,734 votes, the DFA said.

Bangon Pilipinas standard-bearer Bro. Eddie Villanueva, who consistently places fifth in various unofficial election results based on votes cast in the Philippines, was in distant second with 11, 147 votes.

Via GMANews.TV


PPCRV ends tally today; special polls in 9 areas slated

MANILA, Philippines – The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) winds up today its tally of election returns (ERs) with over 90 percent of votes transmitted from precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines processed and more than half manually counted.

Media communications director Ana de Villa-Singson said the PPCRV is set to shut down its command center at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center on UN Avenue in Manila and stop encoding ERs at 11 p.m. today.

PPRCV officials and staff will transfer to a smaller room where they will continue receiving data from the PCOS machines.

via Philippine Star.

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82-year-old nun is oldest Catholic poll volunteer in May polls

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


An 82-year-old nun who still wants to make a difference is turning out to be the oldest Catholic volunteer in the country’s first national automated elections.

Sister Gertrude Imperial from the Daughters of Charity is the oldest volunteer of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), sorting out election returns for encoding.

“I want a change in the government for the Filipinos to have better lives … that encouraged me to volunteer despite my old age,” Imperial said in an article posted Tuesday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site.

The nun was assigned to sort out election returns (ERs) for encoding at the PPCRV command center at the Pope Pius XII Center in Manila.

She said she is enjoying her work in helping conduct an unofficial tally of the results of the May 10 elections.

“I am enjoying my work here. It’s also nice to see many young people who also share the same vision of having credible elections,” she said. (GMANews.TV)

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PPCRV: 3 more clean elections needed to shake off bad poll habits

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


At least three more “clean” and quick elections like the recently concluded May 10 polls may be needed to overhaul Filipinos’ bad election habits, a Church-based poll watchdog group said Tuesday.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said this year’s elections were a good start, with losing bets quickly conceding defeat instead of claiming they were cheated.

“Siguro tatlo pang eleksyon na malinis, ang di magandang ugali mapapalitan ng mas maganda, (lalo na) ang ugali na walang natatalo puro nadadaya (We may need three more clean elections as in the May 10 polls to remove the bad habits of Filipino politicians, especially of not admitting defeat and claiming they were cheated),” PPCRV Chairwoman Henrietta de Villa said in an interview on dzRH radio.

via GMANews.TV.


Atienza files election protest against rival Lim

(Update 2 – 5:58 PM) Former Environment Secretary Joselito ‘Lito’ Atienza filed an election protest on Monday before the Commission on Elections (Comelec), alleging poll fraud after losing to incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim in Manila’s mayoral race.

“The results were not reflective of the actual votes cast due to irregularities and errors in the canvassing and counting in certain precincts,” Atienza said in his 13-page complaint.

The total number of votes in the election returns (ERs) was fewer compared to the tabulated results coming from the consolidation and canvassing system (CCS), the complaint said, claiming that the ERs were manufactured.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Comelec to proclaim last 3 senators today

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Filipino IT professional questions credibility of the recent automated elections

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010

THIS was posted in the comments section of one of the news items Namfrel: Some PCOS machines failed accuracy test. I thought it should be posted as a blog entry instead (slightly edited only for readability). While we don’t post anonymous letters as a rule, I think I should make an exception in this case because he makes very valid points. We welcome other IT experts to give their views on the issue:

Open Letter to the Filipino People

Dear Sir / Ma’am,

Sa kakatapos lang po na election, while everyone is stunned and amazed of speedy results of election (proclamation dito and doon) but in my side po I would like to bring up a concern in behalf of the Filipino people, both na nasa pinas and overseas na katulad ko.

Ako po ay isang IT professional who has been working abroad and as a person po na may general knowledge specially in software development I believe po na it’s my responsibility to share with the general public yung concern ko po especially pag-handle ng automation ng election sa pinas.

In short po I would like to question the credibility ng katatapos na election.

Source Code Review – Last year po I’ve been waiting for news regarding the source code to be made available for review sa mga intrested party “volunteers group”. The process would involve groups of individuals consisting of IT professionals and analysts who would be able to review the source code for the elections. It is to ensure and verify that the system does not contain to have any malicious code, technical bug or back-door inserted in the code.

Instead they outsourced the job to Systest Labs, a U.S.-based company contracted by Comelec to conduct the source code review.

Dahil po doon sa pag outsource, Government and its people lostimportant representation of awareness sa integrity and credibility ng software and machine na ginamit during election.

The problems spikes up even more suspicion when the system fails during last minute testing, and even worst SMARTMATIC claims defective MEMORY CARDS?

I think only people with no common knowledge in programming would agree with their explanation. From my point of view the real issue is the software itself used in the system that was programmed in the MEMORY CARDS.

SMARTMATIC had last minutes patches on their software to correct the bugs few days before the election. Does that mean Systest Labs failed to verified and test the software?

Its obvious that SMARTMATIC also failed to manage properly the development of the software, which resulted to:

– delayed Election Returns (ERs), malfunctioning, missing or otherwise questionable memory cards, and other indicators of potential or emerging problems.

– despite the success terms of majority, I think something had been overlooked and the possibility of cheating exists! They said it’s impossible but is it really?

I think on the process also, yung pagpalit with replacement memory cards and re-programming ng software would mean that the source code used in the review was recompiled and it’s not certain whether it was the same source code used in the election?

Although the reason why we go for automation is to lessen the possibility of cheating and speed up electoral process, does it really mean the system they have developed won’t be able to make mistakes or bog down during the election period? Even the above issue I can simply conclude the machine did work but doesn’t have credibility. And it’s possible to have a huge margin of error during counts dahil testing was mostly done on few sample ballots but hindi tested in actual or close to actual no. of ballots in every pricinto.

For sensitive software like PCOS, the system should be less than 1% margin of error especially on tallying for us to make it credible.

After the problems I mentioned during the past election who is to blame? I think someone should be blamed.

I sincerely hope that people, groups and places would be allowed to do re-counting of ballots if they think they got some issues with the tally. It is not people’s fault, it’s someone else fault =) and those people above should be the one to blame =)

Filipino IT Prof

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Can someone explain this ER?

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


Manila Times columnist Dan Mariano shared this on his Facebook page. The election return is questionable considering that the elections were held on May 10, 2010. But scroll down to the end of the document and check out what date the polls closed (enclosed in red). I hope Comelec or Smartmatic reps can explain this.


No irregularities in manual audit of 100 precincts—Comelec

MANILA, Philippines – There have been no discrepancies reported between the automated results of the elections and the random manual audit conducted in 100 of the selected 1,145 clustered precincts nationwide, a commissioner of the Commission on Elections disclosed Friday.

Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal also said that they were willing to provide the public with the list of precincts that would undergo random manual audit, as stated in Comelec Resolution 8837.

“We’re being transparent. We’re giving you the data so you will know,” Larrazabal said.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Random Manual Audit may take a month to complete, PPCRV says

Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


The Random Manual Audit (RMA) of over 1,000 precincts nationwide might take over a month to finish partly because of delays in the delivery of the reports to the Commission on Elections in Manila, the RMA Technical Working Group (TWG) said late Wednesday.

According to the RMA-TWG Chair Henrietta De Villa, officers conducting the RMA in the provinces are waiting for the rest of the precincts in their district to finish their respective reports before sending these to the Comelec, stalling the TWG’s evaluation.

“[We urge them] not to wait for the other reporters… baka kasi nagtitipid sa cost of sending, kaya aantayin lahat ng report na matapos sa kanilang [district]… eh isang taon pa kami mag-aantay niyan (They might be scrimping on the cost of sending, that’s why they’re waiting for all reports to finish in their district. But we’ll be waiting the whole year for that),” De Villa told reporters.

via GMANews.TV.


PPCRV yet to tally votes due to delays in delivery of ERs

Election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) cannot still start tallying the votes cast in last Monday’s automated elections due to the delay in the delivery of election returns (ERs).

“The delivery of the ERs is taking longer than expected, so we will not yet be able to [determine if the results tally]. So far we only have data from [six areas],” said Anna de Villa-Singson, PPCRV’s communications head.

As a government-accredited citizen’s arm, the PPCRV is using two sources for its partial unofficial tally: election results electronically transmitted to its servers directly from the election machines, and the 4th and 27th copy of printed ERs delivered through courier.

Via GMANews.TV

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Partial unofficial tally from Comelec (as of 8:15 pm)

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010

via ANC Alerts

Presidential race (part 1)

Presidential race (part 2)

VIce President results (part 1)

Vice President results (part 2)

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Roxas fights to regain ground lost to Binay in surveys

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Three days before the elections, Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Manuel “Mar’’ Roxas II is fighting back against his closest rival, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, by erasing any doubts that front-running presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy’’ Aquino III is firmly behind him.

Roxas was joined by Aquino in a press conference at the LP headquarters in Quezon City where the latter repeated for the nth time that Roxas was his only VP in the face of an aggressive push by Binay’s camp for a “Noy-Bi’’ ticket.

Aquino said he was “obliged” to come out and reject the “Noy-Bi” endorsement by a party-list group called Bandila whose nominee, he claimed, was Nilo Tayag, a former leader of the leftist Kabataang Makabayan who turned pro-Marcos in the post-EDSA years.

via INQUIRER.net.


Liberal Party declared dominant minority party

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc on Friday declared the Liberal Party (LP) as the dominant minority party.

This means the LP will have access to the sixth copy of the election returns, which reflect the results of the automated polls. It also gives the party access to the Comelec central server for the transmitted results of the elections.

The Comelec, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and the majority party will all have access to the server.

Via ABS-CBN News

Frontrunner Aquino warns of election cheating

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine presidential frontrunner Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III warned Friday that poll cheating could rob him of victory, as a survey showed he could achieve the biggest election win in the nation’s history.

Just three days before up to 50 million Filipinos go to the polls, the son of national democracy heroine Corazon “Cory” Aquino said he was buoyed by the latest survey results but urged his supporters to be vigilant against skullduggery.

“We are very grateful to our countrymen. They saw the validity of our message and they saw that we were sincere,” Aquino said after the survey showed 42% of Filipinos intended to vote for him to be their next president.


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Aquino pads poll lead-BWorld/SWS survey

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


•Gap now 22 points; Estrada overtakes Villar

WITH THE MAY 10 elections just around the corner, Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III has picked up steam to widen his lead in the presidential race, results of the final BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (BW-SWS) Pre-Election survey showed.

The May 2-3 poll, conducted roughly a week before Filipinos troop to the precincts, gave Mr. Aquino the support of 42%, up four points and ahead of former President Joseph “Erap” E. Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masa who was now in second place with three-point gain to 20%.

Erstwhile second-placer Sen. Manuel “Manny” B. Villar, Jr. of the Nationalista Party (NP) was a point behind at 19%, a result within the survey’s error margin of 2.2%. His support was down seven points from the prior BW-SWS poll of April 16-19.

via BusinessWorld Online.

Down to the wire VP race as Binay, Roxas share lead

MAKATI MAYOR Jejomar “Jojo” C. Binay has caught up with Sen. Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas in the vice-presidential race, tying with the former solo frontrunner in the final edition of the BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey.

Both scored 37% in the May 2-3 poll, conducted roughly a week before the elections, but SWS said it was mentioning Mr. Binay’s name first in announcing the results “because the survey gave him a 0.2 point lead over [Mr. Roxas].”

The Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino bet has seen a resurgence in the surveys, first eking out a one-point lead versus erstwhile second-placer Sen. Loren Legarda in the last poll and now gaining 12 to tie with Mr. Roxas.”

VIa BusinessWorld

Last Senate slot up for grabs?

JUST ONE SLOT in the “Magic 12” senatorial race appears up for dispute, with recognized politicians — most of them incumbents and former senators — bolstering their hold in the rankings, results of the final BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey showed.

The top two were described by the SWS as “well ahead” and next nine “clearly above the 12th place”. The first three, the independent survey research organization said, have consistently been on top since a March poll, while the first 10 have always been in the winning circle since early December.

In first and second, with just a point separating them, were reelectionists Senator Ramon “Bong” B. Revilla, Jr. of the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD (51%) and Jose “Jinggoy” E. Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino or PMP (50%). Both lost three points each from the previous survey of April 16-19.

Via BusinessWorld


(Updated) SC nullifies NP-NPC coalition

The Supreme Court has nullified the coalition of the Nacionalista Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NP-NPC) due to the failure of the two parties to submit the necessary requirements.

In a 29-page decision penned by Associate Justice Arturo Brion, the court overturned a Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling recognizing the NP-NPC merger as a bona fide coalition.

The coalition, along with the Liberal Party (LP) and the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, are all vying for the Comelec’s nod to become the dominant minority party that will be entitled to the sixth copy of the election returns (ERs) and a server showing the election results as they are transmitted on the May 10 automated elections.

Via GMANews.TV

Religious groups’ endorsements may come with a price, analysts say

In the homestretch to the May 10 elections, religious groups Iglesia ni Cristo and Kingdom of Jesus Christ have declared the presidential candidate they are backing. This weekend, the El Shaddai movement is set to announce who it will endorse.

Iglesia ni Cristo has picked Sen. Benigno Aquino III while KJC leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy has endorsed administration bet Gilberto Teodoro Jr. The El Shaddai is perceived to be supporting Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. because of his close ties with the group’s leader, Mariano “Mike” Velarde.

Religious groups said they choose their presidential bets because of their competence and moral credibility.

via GMANews.TV.

Palace says Macalintal resignation was his own doing

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Thursday squelched speculation that President Macapagal-Arroyo compelled her election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, to quit over his call to defer the presidential elections.

“He was the one who asked to resign because his position is not in line with the Palace position,” Secretary Ricardo Saludo said in reply to questions about whether Macalintal was forced to resign.

Malacañang on Wednesday night issued a press statement that it had accepted Macalintal’s offer to resign.

Via Inquirer.net

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Comelec to hold random manual audit in selected precincts

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday approved to subject some 1,145 clustered precincts to the random manual audit (RMA) as a measure to ensure that the votes counted by the election machines match the manual count.

The poll body’s automation partner, the joint venture of Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM), said it would conduct the manual audit on 1.5 percent of the total number of clustered precincts.

“I think it’s a good-sized sample, but the important thing is not the size but [it must be] geographically representative and also random,” said Cesar Flores, Smartmatic Southeast Asia president.

via Manila Times.


NP opposes ABS-CBN request for copies of election returns

The Nacionalista Party (NP) on Monday appeared before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to oppose a petition filed by television network ABS-CBN which asked copies of poll documents indicating the number of votes received by a candidate in a precinct.

Awarding a copy of the election return — which shows votes of each candidate in a precinct — and the COC — which contains the total votes obtained by each candidate — to the network would be “discriminatory” to other media entities, NP lawyer Joel Bodegon said in a hearing held on Monday.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Polls for Bulacan district deferred

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The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010


By Manuel L. Quezon III

THE Liberals and Nacionalistas are now tangling over who gets to get the 6th copy of the election returns on Election Day. To be entitled to the copy requires Comelec designation as the dominant minority party—a kind of bureaucratic throwback to the two-party era. William Gatchalian of the Nationalist People’s Coalition summarizes the strategic advantages of the designation: “First, the [access to] election returns [ERs]” is the traditional advantage; but in addition, he says, “in the computerized system you also get your own server, so the flow of information [from Comelec to the party] is faster.”

But then why is Gatchalian of the NPC talking about the advantages of dominant minority party status, when it’s the NP that wants it?

Click Manolo Quezon.

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ERs to be delivered before May 13 – Comelec

Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ordered all its provincial supervisors to deliver the printed election returns (ERs) to the poll body’s main office in Manila and the Congress not later than three days after the May 10 elections.

“In all instances, the [provincial election supervisors] shall see to it that the delivering copies of the ERs at intervals of 12 hours or shorter when possible is faithfully complied with to the end that all copies of the ERs for Congress (the office President of the Senate) and the Commission are delivered not later than May 13, 2010,” reads Resolution 8803 promulgated March 16.

Republic Act 9369 or the amended Poll Automation Law requires the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to print 30 copies of the ERs, which indicate the election results at the precinct level.

Click GMANews.TV.

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‘I am not a double-registered voter’ — Quiboloy

Posted by akosistella on March 2, 2010

The leader of the six-million followers of Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name maintained that he is a registered voter in Barangay (village) Tamayong, Calinaw, Davao City since 1997 and has been voting there ever since.

In 2003, Quiboloy—who failed to vote in two previous elections—applied for validation of his voter registration in Barangay Buhangin, Davao City, which would enable him to vote again, where his church is located.

Click INQUIRER.net.


Poll machines to be sealed 3 days before polls

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) would test and seal the poll machines three days before April 10 for overseas absentee voting and three days before May 10 for the domestic automated polls.

In Resolution 8785, local board of election inspectors (BEIs) and special BEIs (SBEIs) abroad are mandated to hold test the machine’s accuracy in counting votes from ten sample ballots and printing the electronically-generated Election Returns (ERs), said spokesman James Jimenez.

Click INQUIRER.net

AND: Mixed reaction to poll automation from Pinoys in Singapore

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