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Noynoy voters pick Mar more than Binay – SWS

Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010


ONLY 1 in 4, or 26.4 percent, of those who voted for apparent president-elect Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd voted Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay of Makati City for vice president, results of the recent TV5-Social Weather Stations (SWS) exit poll showed.

And a larger percentage of those who voted for Aquino picked Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd (64.4 percent), his official running mate.

Seven out of 10 (71.5 percent) of those who voted for former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada also voted for Binay.

Both Binay and Roxas admit that the endorsement of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero of the Aquino-Binay tandem, also known as “NoyBi” resulted in a surge in Binay’s ratings.

VIa Manila TImes


Special elections on May 28 still tentative

Special elections will be held on May 28 for provinces that declared poll failure during the May 10 polls, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Thursday.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larra-zabal said the poll body would be holding special elections in seven municipalities of Lanao del Sur, in two municipalities of Basilan, in the towns of Guimbal, Iloilo, Pagsanjan and Western Samar to make up for the failure of polls declared earlier.

But Larrazabal also mentioned that the schedule might be moved, because May 28 will fall on Islam’s worship day.

via Manila TImes.


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‘Teddy Boy’ blows top at Smartmatic official

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


MANILA, Philippines 3rd UPDATE – Makati City Rep. Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr., one of staunchest defenders of election automation, blew his top during Thursday’s House inquiry into alleged poll fraud and cursed at a representative of poll automation supplier Smartmatic.

“You sons of bitches! You had us standing here guaranteeing to the public and the world that even if fraud is committed, we would be able to trace it. We never said that fraud could never be committed, but you said we could trace it. But now, you tell me that at 10 in the evening, you could do it [cheat] and we would never know?” Locsin, chairman of the House committee on electoral reforms and suffrage, told Heider Garcia of Smartmatic.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


House probe into ‘hocus PCOS’ stalls Comelec tasks

MANILA, Philippines – The Congressional probe into allegations of electronic cheating during the automated elections is causing delays in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) tasks, including canvassing and proclaiming election winners, an official said Thursday.

“The allegations of ‘koala boy’ are preventing us from efficiently doing our job,” said Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, referring to the election fraud whistleblower who appeared on ABS-CBN wearing a mask that made his face look like a koala bear’s.

“We’re supposed to be conducting meetings now and coordinating with field officials, but we can’t do it,” he added.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Comelec orders Antipolo vote machines, junked poll materials probed

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IT expert says electronic cheating report of ‘Robin’ was unlikely

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The alleged electronic cheating disclosed by self-confessed election fraud operator “Robin” in the May 10 elections was impractical and unlikely, according to an Information Technology expert.

“Personally, I believe that the magnitude of the cheating that was exposed by Robin would not have been carried out within the time constraints that were available to them,” Pablo Manalastas of the Center for People and Governance (CenPEG) said in an interview on ANC’s Top Story on Thursday.

Manalastas further explained that cheating was “not practical” from the figures Robin gave during his interview with the media. According to Robin, their group has copies of the 15 million original ballots, and they transmitted their results to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) server before the actual PCOS machines in use in precincts and canvassing centers transmitted the results.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Comelec to critics, ‘Koala Bear’: Enough is enough

MANILA, Philippines – Fed up with criticisms and allegations – that the elections will fail, that it is ill-prepared for automation, and very recently, that it is part of a grand conspiracy behind massive election fraud – the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gave its critics a stern response: “Enough is enough.”

“Are these the same people who said there will be failure of elections? Are these the same people who said PCOS [Precinct Count Optical Scan] machines wouldn’t arrive? Are these the same people who said we couldn’t print out the ballots?” Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told reporters on Thursday.

“Their statements have all been disproven yet they continue to peddle lies. You have to stop already.”

Via ABS-CBN News

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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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Villar ready to accept results of ‘credible’ elections

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Reaching out to his rivals in the presidential race, Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel B. Villar Jr. called for reconciliation soon after he cast his vote in his hometown of Las Piñas City on Monday, vowing to to respect the results of the first-ever computerized elections so long as they were credible and urging his opponents to do the same.

In an admission which could ensure a smooth transition of power come June 30, Villar himself said he would readily concede defeat in a credible, orderly elections

“First, if the elections are orderly, that’s O.K. Hindi naman tayo pikon na tao (I am not touchy). I will support (the winner). I’m not a disorderly person. But I must be convinced that that is the will of the people,” he told reporters at a press conference.

via INQUIRER.net.


Comelec checking reports some ballots were not checked for authenticity

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is still verifying reports claiming that ballots fed into voting machines may not have been checked for authenticity.

The poll body “is still verifying these cases,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told GMANews.TV on early evening of Monday, the day the Philippines’ held its first nationwide automated polls.

Various precincts across the country may have failed to use ultraviolet (UV) lamps, a device that was supposed to check authenticity of ballots, anecdotal reports reaching GMANews.TV said.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Automation makes polls safer for teachers-DepEd

I CAN attest to the above. Like other voters, I was just so excited to get my ballot, I forgot to ask the BEI officer to scan it w/ her UV lamp to authenticate it…not that I saw any lamp around. I just kinda took it on blind faith that the ballot was secure. So what happens now? Does this invalidate the votes in our precint or the electoral process itself?

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Partial election returns give Aquino, Binay early leads

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


(Updated 9:55 p.m.)Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno C. Aquino III is leading his rivals in the presidential race, based on a partial and unofficial consolidation of data from election returns as of 9:36 p.m. Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan was leading the vice presidential race in a GMA News tally based on 36.57 per cent of election returns nationwide.

The unofficial data culled from 76,347 precincts nationwide showed Aquino, son of Philippine democracy icons Corazon C. Aquino and Benigno Aquino Jr., garnering 5,580,630 votes. Binay accumulated 5,605,074 votes.

via GMANews.TV.


Comelec to reassess precinct clustering after long queues

The clustering of precincts in the country’s first nationwide automated elections will be the subject of an “utmost post-election analysis” by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after it caused long queues of voters on election day.

“This is the first time we did nationwide automation. Let’s see what we can do to improve in the next election. Definitely, it’s the queuing system that we should look into,” said Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal at a press briefing on Monday afternoon.

For this year’s elections, the Comelec has clustered six to eight precincts into one, causing long lines that tested the patience of many voters nationwide. In some precincts, voters even collapsed due to exhaustion while waiting for their turn to vote.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Watchdog wants review of voter disenfranchisement

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Comelec mulls sanctions vs Smartmatic for foul-ups

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering penalizing poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) for the glitches in the automated election system that will be used during the May 10 polls.

In a chance interview with reporters, Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal admitted that the poll body is thinking of how it can make the technology provider “pay” for its recent foul-ups.

The commissioner issued the statement after some precinct count optical scan (PCOS) units tested last Monday failed to read some votes accurately, forcing them to pull out and replace all the compact flash (CF) cards. (See: Some poll machines fail to read votes accurately)

via GMANews.TV.


Most Metro vote scanners delivered to precincts

MANILA, Philippines—Confident that the May 10 elections will push through, the military announced Thursday that at least 80 percent of the vote-counting machines in Metro Manila have been delivered to their respective precincts as of Wednesday night.

Metro Manila commander Rear Adm. Feliciano Angue said the transfer of the remaining 1,511 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from the central hub in Laguna to polling centers across the capital was expected to be completed Thursday.

“We resumed escorting the transportation of the machines on Wednesday after the Commission on Elections suspended the delivery on Tuesday…. The memory cards would just follow,” said Angue in an interview with reporters at Camp Aguinaldo.

Via Inquirer.net

Smartmatic execs told: Surrender passports

MANILA, Philippines – The Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) on Thursday urged foreign officials and employees of Smartmatic involved in the election automation project to send their passports to a Catholic bishop.

“We are calling in your bluff. Give us all your passports,” CCM co-convenor lawyer Harry Roque said in a statement.

Roque said his group will turn over the passports to Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz for safekeeping. He said Smartmatic Southeast Asia president Cesar Flores and other Smartmatic officials can send their passports to Cruz’s office at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines compound at 470 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Prepare for full manual count, Comelec urged

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


SEN. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III yesterday demanded that the Commission on Elections start preparing for a full manual count “to ensure that democracy will not be held hostage.”

“If full manual counting is a practical solution, then let us do it no matter how long it takes to finish. Let us set aside partisan politics and work together to find ways to resolve this issue,” Aquino said in a press conference at the LP headquarters in Quezon City.

Aquino said despite the Comelec’s assurance that elections will push through, “we fear there are no guarantees of improved results despite these replacements (of compact flash cards).”

via Business Insight Malaya.


Lakas-Kampi insists on automated polls on May 10

MANILA, Philippines—The ruling party declared Wednesday that it won’t settle for anything less than automated elections on May 10, and steered clear of any speculation regarding a postponement of the elections or reverting to manual counting and tabulation of votes.

“We joined this campaign because we know the elections are going to be held on May 10, and they’re going to be computerized,” Lakas Kampi CMD president Francis Manglapus said by phone.

Manglapus dared the Commission on Elections to live up to its commitment of holding the vote on May 10, and mounting an electronic counting of ballots, lest it face tough public grilling.

Via Inquirer.net

Checking of PCOS could last up to eve of E-Day

AT the 11th hour.

A day after rescheduling the testing and sealing of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, the Commission on Elections yesterday said the final checking of the machines could run up to the last few hours before the elections on Monday.

“Morning of May 10, it (testing and sealing) still can be done. What is important is before elections, the machines will be tested,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said.

Via Malaya

AND: Manila prelate ‘supports Comelec’ amid automation problems

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Smartmatic says it can reconfigure 3000 compact flash cards per hour

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


IN a comment on IT expert and Manila Times Tech Times editor Jing Garcia’s Facebook page, Smartmatic Asia president Cesar Flores assured that compact flash cards from the PCOS machines could be speedily reconfigured.

“We currently have 75 [computer] stations set up (will increase to 120 tonight). Each stations configures 40 cf [cards] per hour. That’s a capacity of 3,000 [cards] an hour,” Flores said.

He made the statement in response to Garcia’s Facebook status questioning the length of time it takes to reconfigure CF cards using one computer. “In one hour, you can reformat/reconfigure at least 24 compact flash cards, or 576 cards in 24 hours. With one computer, it will take at least 131 days to do that on 76,000 CF cards. You’ll need at least 50 computers to reformat all in 2 days,” Garcia said.

Flores pointed out though that the issue is how to keep the flow of cards coming, “as only 18,000 were in the warehouse and the rest are being retrieved from the field, and 40,000 are coming tomorrow from Taiwan and Hong Kong.”

In a press conference at the Commission on Elections this afternoon, Flores said the reconfiguration of the CF cards will be done at Smartmatic’s Cabuyao plant. The CF cards were being blamed for the discrepancies which occurred when several PCOS machines were tested via mock polls Monday. The results showed several national and local candidates not garnering any votes despite the proper shading of their names on the mock ballots.

Smartmatic needs to reconfigure about 76,000 CF cards before returning them to the polling precints where the PCOS machines will be delivered. (SFA/pulitika2010.wordpress.com)


Automated polls to proceed as scheduled, Comelec assures

(Update 3:53 PM) The Philippines’ first nationwide automated polls will proceed as scheduled, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday, allaying fears of poll failure after voting machines suffered from glitches.

There is no truth to text messages indicating that elections will be postponed for at least two weeks, Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told reporters on Wednesday.

The poll body “has not voted on any postponement,” he said.

The commissioner issued the statement after administration lawyer Romulo Macalintal suggested that the Comelec defer the elections by at least 15 days because of recent glitches discovered with the automated voting system.



AND: Palace backpedals on option to postpone poll

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Plans to disenfranchise voters on election day revealed

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010

The Commission on Elections Comelec revealed on Monday that they have been receiving “credible” information that there are plans to delay or prevent some voters from voting on election day.

“Whats happening is that some individuals will purposely delay the voting in some areas to prevent voters from voting,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said at a press briefing.

Larrazabal explained that the plans would entail disrupting the voting process to delay, prevent, or discourage voters from taking part in the elections on May 10.

via GMANews.TV.


Misamis Occ. mayoral bet wants town placed under Comelec control

OZAMIZ CITY, Philippines—With less than a week before the balloting day on May 10, the Nacionalista Party mayoral candidate in hinterland Concepcion, Misamis Occidental has asked the Commission on Elections to place the town under its direct control.

In a phone interview, reelectionist mayor Benjamin Pilota, a retired Army colonel, said his camp has been worried over persistent reports from their community leaders about the activities of a group of armed men roaming from village to village intimidating people.

Pilota claimed that the villages usually visited by these armed men are his known bailiwicks, and their activities have become more frequent as the political campaign is now in the homestretch.

Via Inquirer.net


Bangit leads troops in interfaith rally for clean polls

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – With exactly a week to go before the elections, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Delfin Bangit and Philippine National Police chief Jesus Verzosa led government troops in an interfaith rally on Monday morning at Camp Aguinaldo.

Priests, pastors and imams prayed over military troops who will soon be deployed to help secure the first ever nationwide automated elections.

“I’ve seen how the Philippine National Police worked 24 hours a day, and also, the components of the armed forces, just to be able to deliver a very good and a very credible election for our nation,” Bangit told the soldiers.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Now it’s overpriced Comelec contract for ballot packaging

Posted by akosistella on May 1, 2010


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) paid more than double the expected price for materials and services used for packing and sealing ballots for the May 2010 polls, an official in Comelec Chairman Jose Melo’s office said.

The contract, which involves sealing ballots in clear, airtight plastic bags and placing them in boxes, should only cost anywhere from P70 to P80 million, Atty. Melchor Magdamo told GMA News.

Instead, the deal was secured by Noah’s Paper Mills Inc. for P175 million, excluding labor costs, said Magdamo, the same person who blew the whistle on the P690 million ballot secrecy folder contract that was later canceled.

via GMANews.TV.


1 of 4 voters intends to guard votes –survey

MANILA, Philippines–For every 4 voters that will go to the polls in May, 1 intends to watch the counting of votes, according to a special survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The survey was conducted in February 2010 to determine the planned personal activities of Filipinos voters for the May elections.

It showed also showed that 1 out of 5 wants to get involved in groups helping to have an orderly and clean election.

Via ABS-CBN News


Comelec says delivery of ultraviolet lamps starts

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) awarded yesterday the contract to supply some 80,000 units of ultraviolet (UV) lamps for P28 million to Philand Industries Inc.

Speaking to reporters, Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said Philand was required to begin delivering the UV lamps yesterday.

“Each UV lamp costs P350,” he said.

Via Phil. Star

Comelec: Poll random audits will not deter proclamations

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said that although the random manual audit (RMA) will be conducted right after voting closes, it will not prevent the poll body from proclaiming the winners of the elections.

“In no way shall the results of the RMA delay the proclamation of the winning candidates based on the results reached by the automated election system,” said Comelec Resolution 8837, which was promulgated Friday.

In Republic Act 9369, which amended RA 8436 or the law on automated elections, Section 24 requires an RMA to be conducted in one precinct per congressional district in each province and city. But after much prodding from groups, the poll body decided to increase the number to five precincts per district, which adds up to 1,145 precincts.

Via GMANews.TV

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Manual parallel count unnecessary—Comelec

Posted by akosistella on April 25, 2010


WITH 15 DAYS to go before the country embarks on its first automated polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared the parallel manual count pushed by certain sectors as unnecessary and assured the public that all safeguards were in place for credible, accurate and swift voting on May 10.

“We are working 24/7 now. It’s crunch time already,” Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said Saturday in a media briefing.

“This is the last two minutes of the preparations for the elections. Almost all Filipinos want the elections to succeed. The goal of the Comelec is to have credible elections. We will not allow [anyone] to thwart the conduct of elections on May 10,” Larrazabal said.

via INQUIRER.net.

EARLIER: Aquino asks Comelec to decide on final mode of counting

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Printing of 50 million ballots complete

Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The printing of over 50 million ballots that will be used in the automated elections on May 10 has been completed.

The National Printing Office (NPO) announced that a total of 50,850,939 ballots had been printed as of 2:30 p.m. yesterday, two days ahead of the deadline.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo said the completion of printing of the ballots indicated that the country’s first automated elections would definitely push through.

via Philippine Star.


PPCRV pushes ‘kodigo’ to prevent spoiling of votes

A Church-based poll watchdog group advised voters Friday to prepare and bring “kodigos,” or lists of candidates they will vote for, as a vote protection measure come election day.

Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chairwoman Henrietta de Villa said the move will also minimize the clogging of voters’ precincts on May 10.

“Pagpunta sa presinto magdala kayo ng listahan. May peligro lalo na sa mga kandidato pagka-senador na sobra ang bilang ng mase-shade na oval, di mabibilang ang boto ninyo sa pwestong iyan (When you go to the precincts, bring your lists of candidates you will vote for. There is always a danger you may shade too many ovals and void your vote. This is particularly true in the case of voting for senators),” De Villa said in an interview on dwIZ radio.

via GMANews.TV

More paperwork needed for areas to be place under Comelec control

Local officials who want their areas to be placed under Comelec (Commission on Elections) control were told to submit additional evidence to prove the existence of election violence in their areas.

The areas include the municipalities of Labangan in Zamboanga del Sur, Bangued and Tineg in Abra and the province of Nueva Ecija.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Y. Larrazabal said in an interview after the hearing that it was still possible to grant the petitions and that they would arrive at a decision by the end of next week after the petitioners have submitted their supplementary documents on April 26.

via BusinessWorld

AND: Trackers to monitor transport of PCOS machines—police

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Now, Comelec needs lamps to spot ultraviolet mark on ballots

Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Wanted: lamps that can spot the ultraviolet (UV) mark on the ballots that the computers cannot see.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will purchase 80,000 lamps worth P30 million so that the UV mark on the ballots could be detected to establish that they are genuine, Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said Monday.

The invisible UV mark is one of the security features of the ballots to be used in the country’s first automated elections on May 10.

Larrazabal told reporters that the Comelec had started the bidding process for the procurement of the lamps which are similar to flashlights.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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1M ballots transferred to PhilPost warehouse

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


In an interview, [Comelec Commissioner Gregorio] Larrazabal said the ballots for Leyte were shipped out first since these were the ones most recently completed. He said Comelec decided to transfer some of the ballots since the National Printing Office basement is almost filled by the 27 million special ballots that were already printed.

“We cannot put all the ballots in NPO but majority will be stored at  the PhilPost warehouse…If the political parties were at the NPO and see how the ballots are stacked, they would realize that we really need to transfer some of the ballots,” he said in a radio dzMM interview.

Larrazabal said NPO printers are churning out 700,000 to 900,000 ballots every day. He added that the Comelec is on track to beat the April 30 deadline to print all 50 million ballots needed for the May 10 automated elections.

Click ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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