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Melo: Initial audit shows low discrepancy rate

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The initial results of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Random Manual Audit (RMA) of selected precincts in the May 10 elections show only a small difference between the electronic and manual counts.

Some losing candidates have questioned the credibility of the automated elections using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

This is the reason why many are waiting for the results of the RMA being conducted by the Comelec and the National Statistics Office (NSO).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ALSO READ: Was malicious software placed in recalled CF cards?

Aquino unfazed by poll fraud allegations

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno Aquino III, set to be the next president of the Philippines, said he was unfazed by allegations of election fraud and described complaints from losing pro-administration candidates as a “fishing expedition”.

Unofficial tallies from the elections commission show Aquino has an insurmountable lead of more than 5 million votes over his nearest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, in the May 10 ballot. The race for vice president is much closer.

On Tuesday, a joint session of Congress met to start the official tally of votes, but not a single ballot has been counted yet due to debate over technical details and doubts on the integrity of the automated vote count.

Via ABS-CBN News


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Comelec stops tally in favor of official count

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


THE Commission on Elections en banc yesterday decided to stop issuing tabulation reports of transmitted results of the national elections.

The Comelec is tasked to canvass votes for senatorial candidates. It convened yesterday as the National Board of Canvassers.

Votes for president and vice president are canvassed by Congress which will convene also as a board of canvassers on May 31.

via Business Insight Malaya.


Comelec junks partial proclamation of Senate winners

THE Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), yesterday ruled out a partial proclamation of winning senatorial candidates.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said a partial proclamation would be like going back to the manual election system.

In the last update released by the Comelec yesterday morning, the top 12 candidates were Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Juan Ponce Enrile, Pia Cayetano, Bongbong Marcos, Ralph Recto, Vicente Sotto III, Sergio Osmeña III, Lito Lapid, and Teofisto Guingona (8,493,334).

Via Malaya

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Successful automated polls to restore Comelec’s credibility – Melo

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) expressed confidence yesterday that the success of the automated polls would redeem the agency’s credibility that had been tainted by the so-called “Hello, Garci” election fraud scandal in the 2004 polls.

“I would say it is our work in this election which will give us credibility,” said Comelec Chairman Jose Melo in an interview at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) where the poll body is canvassing the votes for senators and party-list groups.

Melo said that the results of the elections were available quickly because of automation.

via Philippine Star.


Counting for president, VP votes to start soon if Congress convenes early

MANILA, Philippines – It is possible that Congress may start counting the votes for president and vice president earlier than May 31, when it resumes session, House Secretary-General Marilyn Yap told The STAR last night.

“That will depend on the mutual agreement of the Senate and the House of Representatives,” Yap said.

She said under their calendar of sessions, the two chambers are scheduled to reconvene three weeks after yesterday’s elections primarily to canvass the votes for president and vice president.

Via Phil. Star

AND: Party list groups question canvassing procedures

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Old names dominate Comelec’s partial tally for Senate

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


MANILA, Philippines (Update) – Incumbent and re-electionist senators were dominating the senatorial elections with only two or three new faces likely to make it in the top 12 winning senators, based on the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) partial tally released on Monday evening.

Similar to the pre-election senatorial survey results of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, the Comelec’s partial tally had incumbents Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of Lakas-Kampi and Jinggoy Estrada as the top 2 senators in the 2010 senatorial elections.

The list, announced by Comelec chair Jose Melo, was based on the partial and unofficial tally of 57% of votes cast in 76,300 polling precincts nationwide.

Via ABS-CBN News


Delisted voters flood social media with election rants, queries

MANILA, Philippines – As a hot day dawned in the Philippines, some voters rose to discover an elections fraught with problems.

The obstacles faced by voters were varied and numerous, ranging from malfunctioning voting machines, to long and winding queues at the precincts, to gunshots fired near voting centers to scare voters away.

Long lines in the tropical heat has led to fainting fits and people who chose to forego voting rather than face the long wait. The over-all atmosphere was such as led foreign news agencies such as CNN to describe the elections as “jittery” and “marred by violence”.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

AND: Junjun Binay proclaimed winner of Makati mayoralty race

Lim beats another Atienza in Manila mayoralty race

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‘Automated polls a new beginning’

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – For all its imperfections, real or imagined, the first automated elections tomorrow would signal “the beginning of a massive transformational phase in the electoral system of the Philippines,” Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo said yesterday.

“We are finally moving away from the known flaws and weaknesses of the old ways of doing things and toward an automated election system that promises a speedy and accurate count, a highly efficient reporting mechanism that democratizes the count and canvass of election results, and most importantly, the extinction of dagdag-bawas (vote padding and vote shaving),” Melo said.

Massive cheating and violence characterized past Philippine elections, including the one in 2004 in which President Arroyo won the presidency allegedly through fraud with the help of some Comelec officials.

via Philippine Star.

World’s eyes on Manila on election day

WASHINGTON – The Philippines’ first attempt on Monday at an automated election intended to curtail massive graft and fraud inherent to hand counts could lead to unintended disaster if the computerized system fails, US political and media analysts said.

“Fear of the unknown – will the machines work; will the power be reliable; will there be enough machines to allow every voter to cast his/her vote; can the software be manipulated? – accounts for part of the concern,” said Ernest Bower of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan Washington-based foreign policy think tank.

The Washington Post and The Washington Times said latest surveys showed Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III way ahead of his competitors and it appeared likely he would win the presidential stakes.

Via Phil. Star

ALSO READ: Church bells to signal opening of polls on Monday

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SC to Comelec: Disclose automation preparations fully

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disclose to the public important details regarding the technical aspects of the preparations it made for the May 10 automated nationwide elections.

According to a court press release, the court En Banc issued the decision in the light of “alarming details in the run-up” to the elections.

In a resolution penned by Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio, the Court directed the Comelec to disclose the following information to the public within 2 days upon receving its copy of the resolution:

Via ABS-CBN News


Vote-counting may be delayed in some areas, Comelec says

(Update 2 – 4:37 PM) Counting of votes in 5 percent of areas in the country — including Maguindanao, the site of a massacre last year — may be delayed by at least one day because compact flash cards to be used for poll machines may possibly arrive late, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Thursday.

“At worst,” counting and transmission of more than three million votes will be conducted on May 11 — a day after the elections — since the cards for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in some areas may be delivered only on that date, Comelec chairman Jose Melo said.

“That is the worst scenario… there would still be precincts in very, very remote areas without the flash cards having been delivered and tested,” Melo said during a press briefing on Thursday.

via GMANews.TV.


DepEd exec laments absence of guidelines on manual counting

MANILA, Philippines—Over 200,000 teachers taking part in the electoral process are apprehensive about glitches in the automated counting of votes, but are ready for anything, an education official said Thursday.

The 229,020 teachers to be deployed for Monday’s elections as part of the board of election inspectors did not anticipate the foul-ups in the trial runs of the testing and sealing of the voting tally machines in Luzon.

“We did not anticipate these glitches,” Education Undersecretary Franklin Sunga said at a Malacañang news briefing. “Definitely the apprehensions will be there.”

Via Inquirer.net

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Worried Arroyo tackles ‘no-el’ plan at Palace meeting

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—No matter the Palace’s strong position to go ahead with the national elections on May 10, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is not discounting a “no-election” scenario, a key security officer said Wednesday.

The officer asked the Philippine Daily Inquirer to withhold his identity because of his sensitive position in government.

During the meeting, Ms Arroyo purportedly asked military and police officials to “study” the consequences of three possible events that may arise from the failure of Smartmatic to remedy the glitches in the precinct count optical scan machines.

via INQUIRER.net.


Monsod: Problem of incompetence, it’s solvable

MANILA, Philippines—Former Commission on Elections chair Christian Monsod Wednesday doused anew fears of a jittery public that glitches in the testing of counting machines would lead to an election failure.

“The good news is that this (glitch) is not part of a conspiracy to manipulate the polls, nor an attempt to cheat. This is a problem of incompetence and it’s solvable,” he said by phone.

Technical glitches resurfaced in Monday’s testing of the voting tally machines, called precinct count optical scan (PCOS), in polling precincts in some parts of Luzon.

Via Inquirer.net

Sleepless, scowling Melo asks for trust

MANILA, Philippines—From sleepless to scowling.

The chair of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), who once admitted having sleepless nights over the preparations for the May 10 polls, hasn’t been smiling since receiving reports that the voting machines supplied by Smartmatic-TIM Corp. gave erroneous results during recent tests.

As Jose Melo put it Wednesday, repairing technical problems may be the easy part but the tougher challenge would be for the Comelec “to recapture the trust of the people and the candidates.”

Via Inquirer.net

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SC asked to order return to manual elections

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—A citizens group wants the Supreme Court to stop the Commission on Elections from implementing the automated polls and revert to manual balloting.

But at the same time, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) said that the May 10 polls should push through, saying that a delay in the elections was part of a plot to put up a military junta.

“We will oppose all efforts to postpone the holding of the elections as this will inevitably lead to the transition [military] junta that (Defense Secretary) Norberto Gonzales has been advocating,” said lawyer and CCM president Harry Roque Jr. in a news conference a few hours before filing the petition.

Via Inquirer.net


Comelec preparing for special elections in some places

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections is preparing to hold special elections in certain precincts in case the replacement compact flash cards do not arrive on time for the computerized voting on Monday, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said.

Melo, in an interview with the media Wednesday, said the Comelec is drafting a contingency plan in case Smartmatic TIM Corp., the automated elections supplier, fails to complete the replacement of the defective compact flash cards in the 76,300 precincts.

Melo said the poll body anticipates that about five percent of the precincts—“mostly in far-flung areas”—will not have elections on May 10.

Via Inquirer.net

Whistle-blower quits Comelec

MANILA, Philippines—The whistle-blower in the ballot secrecy folder scandal that rocked the Commission on Elections is calling it quits because of threats to his life.

Lawyer Melchor Magdamo said he received warnings that he may be at risk and has decided to resign from the poll body, which he joined in 2008, working in the office of Chair Jose Melo.

Magdamo exposed the alleged irregularities in the P700-million contract for the purchase of ballot secrecy folders to be used in the elections.

via INQUIRER.net.

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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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Open letters to the Comelec from biz grps and the La Salle Brothers

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


MAP INSIGHTS By the Management Association of the Philippines

With a strong sense of urgency, we, concerned citizens of the Philippines, respectfully request that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) consider our proposal for a simplified parallel manual count as a means to guarantee the credibility of the May 10 national elections.

We appeal to Chairman Jose Melo and the other Comelec commissioners to be open-minded and to keep in their hearts the best interest of the Filipino people.

The credibility of automated elections has suffered because the Comelec removed many of the safeguards that were initially set in place — source code review, ultra-violet mark checking, authenticity check through digital signatures, etc.

Click MAP Insights.


Fair, credible elections
FRAMEWORK By Elfren Sicangco Cruz

With only two weeks to go, the biggest fear now is the capability of the Comelec to conduct an electoral process that will be credible and truthful.

Last April 8, the La Salle Brothers published an “open letter to the Comelec” that expressed their deep concern about recent events that put into question the possible credibility of the coming elections.

In particular, the La Salle Brothers referred to the following events:

1. “[T]he disabling of vital security safeguards of the Precinct Count Optical Count (PCOS) machine to assure the proper counting and verification of ballots;

Click Elfren Cruz



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Comelec keeps open mind on parallel manual count

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) held a dialogue with influential business groups on Monday regarding their proposal for a parallel manual count of the May 10 elections.

Ramon del Rosario, president of the Makati Business Club (MBC), said they were able to explain to Comelec commissioners their proposal, and they are satisfied they were given an audience.

The Comelec en banc assured representatives of the MBC, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), and the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) that their proposal for a parallel manual count would be studied seriously.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Comelec whistleblower seeks refuge among nuns

MANILA, Philippines – A Commission on Elections (Comelec) employee who blew the whistle on the overpriced ballot secrecy folders contract and other irregular deals in Comelec is seeking sanctuary among nuns, similar to the fate of NBN-ZTE whistleblower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jr.

Atty. Melchor Magdamo, who is assigned to the office of Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, visited Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines co-chairman Mary John Mananzan to seek spiritual guidance and sanctuary after exposing the botched P700-million ballot secrecy folder deal. He was accompanied by Dr. Arwind Serrano of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.

“My wife is asking me to request for sanctuary. Maliliit pa kasi mga anak ko,” he told ABS-CBN News.

via ABS-CBN News


More than 19,000 military personnel to participate in absentee voting

Eastern Visayas still waiting for 71 PCOS machines

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Comelec exec tagged in secrecy folder deal – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


Lawyer says directive to suspend bidding defied

MANILA, Philippines—The winning bidder in the scuttled purchase by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of ballot secrecy folders bagged a contract in 2008 after an election executive allegedly defied a directive of the poll body to postpone the bidding, a Comelec official said.

Lawyer Melchor Magdamo, who is assigned to the office of Comelec Chair Jose Melo, made the statement in an affidavit he submitted to a panel investigating the earlier decision to buy from OTC Paper Supply 1.8 million ballot secrecy folders at P380 each, a deal worth nearly P700 million.

The secrecy folder deal has since been junked, but the poll body has decided to probe the circumstances leading to its decision to buy the “extravagant” folders.

via INQUIRER.net.


Palace defends Comelec on folder issue

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Saturday came out in defense of the Commission on Elections which is getting weighed down by controversies arising from its preparations for the country’s first nationwide automated elections in May.

“If there’s any anomaly about these folders, this is now being investigated. Not a single cent has been paid for this contract,” Gary Olivar, deputy presidential spokesperson, said over government-run dzRB.

Olivar said he had spoken with Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento on several matters, including this, by phone.

via Inquirer.net


Evidence in poll exec’s graft case challenged

MANILA, Philippines – Government prosecutors have objected to the admission into the record of several documentary evidence in the graft case filed against former poll commissioner Luzviminda Tancangco in connection with the P6.59 billion Voters Registration and Identification System (VRIS) project of 2000.

In a 12-page comment, Prosecution Bureau I acting director Raymundo Julio A. Olaguer and assistant special prosecutor III Julieta Zinnia A. Niduaza and Judith Antonina R. Boco-Mate challenged the admissibility of Tancangco’s evidence on the grounds of failure to identify them during trial and for being immaterial and irrelevant.

Tancangco, former head of the Comelec’s bidding and awards committee, is accused of favoring Photokina Marketing Corp. in the bidding for the P6.59 billion VRIS project.

via ABS-CBN News

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Melo says postponement of polls ‘unconstitutional’

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – There’s no stopping the national and local elections on May 10 despite a petition for their postponement by a presidential candidate, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo.

“That’s unconstitutional… because the Constitution itself provides for the specific date on which an election will be held,” Melo said in reaction to a petition to postpone the polls filed by independent presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas.

The Comelec has yet to deliberate on Perlas’ petition.

In his petition, Perlas cited the agency’s lack of preparedness in carrying out its duties in the first nationwide automated polls.

via Philippine Star.


Comelec may not be able to declare dominant majority and minority parties

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may not be able to declare the dominant majority and minority parties in the coming May 10 elections in view of the status quo order by the Supreme Court (SC) over the merger of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said they could not proclaim which political parties should become the dominant minority and dominant majority since the issue concerns the computation of their respective membership.

“It might be a bit difficult for the SC, at this point, to decide (regarding the coalition) so we might not have dominant majority and minority (parties),” he said.

via Phil. Star


Comelec, Smartmatic, telcos sign deal for May 10 transmission

MANILA, Philippines—Representatives of the Globe, PLDT Smart, Digitel and satellite transmission providers met with officials of the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic-TIM to sign a contract for their services in the May 10 elections on Wednesday.

In essence, the three networks have agreed to provide Smartmatic-TIM a private channel which they can use for the transmission of the results from the precincts all the way to the national canvassing centers, Renato Garcia, the Comelec’s information technology consultant, said.

“It’s not a public Internet network. It’s private,” he said. At the canvassing levels, that “network will be open starting noon of May 10 until the proclamation in the provincial level is finished.”

The telecommunication companies also agreed to provide Smartmatic-TIM and the Comelec a data center where they can store the back-up data of the election results. The companies initially backed out of the deal, citing security concerns. (Inquirer.net)

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Melo: Comelec on target for successful May 10 polls

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—It’s all systems go for the May 10 elections, according to the Commission on Elections.

“We are 100 percent on target,” declared Comelec Chairman Jose Melo in an interview with reporters barely three weeks before the first nationwide automated elections May 10.

He said on Tuesday that the Comelec was within its schedule for the deliveries of ballots, the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) voting machines, ballot boxes, and other materials within this week.

Click Inquirer.net


Power supply for Mindanao during polls enough—energy chief

MANILA, Philippines—Mindanao can expect adequate power supply during the national elections in May, as the private sector and Department of Energy jointly have laid out concrete measures to avert possible power outages, Acting Energy Jose C. Ibazeta said on Tuesday.

Ibazeta said in a statement that these short-term measures, which included commitments from power generation companies and other concerned stakeholders on the island, were among those discussed during a meeting held on Monday.

The energy chief reported that Crystal Sugar Co. Inc. agreed to commission its biomass co-generation plant to supply as much as seven megawatts in additional capacity either to First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. Fibeco or directly to the Mindanao grid, once operational issues have been resolved.

via INQUIRER.net.

AND: Influential pastor warns of failure of elections

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Internal rigging’ fears aired

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


THE “greatest threat” to the May 10 automated election is internal rigging as it could take place before or after the elections, Christian Monsod, a former chair of the Commission on Elections, warned yesterday.

“It is possible to rig the (automated) system and for the elections, from all appearances, to appear free, fair and orderly,” Monsod said during Tuesday’s membership meeting of the Makati Business Club (MBC) and the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

He explained that internal rigging before the elections can take place “through a corrupted source code or the installation of a different source code in the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machine, and after the election, through the transmission and during the canvassing of the votes.”

via Malaya


Poll watchdog raises warning over spare PCOS machines

MANILA, Philippines – Where are the spare voting machines?

This was the question of election watchdogs, which raised fears that the spare Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines may be used to cheat in the May 10 elections.

In a letter to Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo, the consortium Compact for Peace and Democratic Elections (Compact) voiced concerns on the safekeeping of the PCOS machines.

via INQUIRER.net.

AND: Ballot template soft copy to be deleted after printing to prevent replication

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