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Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.’s final report on alleged fraud in the May 2010 elections

Posted by akosistella on June 28, 2010


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Observations, Conclusions and Recommendations pp. 21-27 of Chairman’s report

Complete document

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Smartmatic pitch: Buy our tech now, save billions in next polls

Posted by akosistella on June 16, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Election machine provider Smartmatic started its marketing offensive Tuesday by pitching to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the idea of buying now the technology they used in the just-concluded presidential and local elections, so the poll body can save billions in the succeeding exercises.

In a press conference upon the arrival of its Ambassador for Transparency, Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, the Venezuelan firm said the Philippine government only need to spend around P2 billion to buy the technology from Smartmatic, so it will have to spend only around P3 billlion for services (like transporting the machines) in the next 4 elections.

via ABS-CBN News.

I suggest Comelec wait for Rep. Teodoro Locsin’s final report on the poll fraud issues before making any rash decisions about buying those poll machines.

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Poll officials must answer security issues – CenPEG

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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Even as Congress is set to proclaim the winners in the May 10 presidential race, there remain security issues related to the automated election and until these are plugged, doubts will linger on the credibility of poll results.

The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) through its IT consultant, Lito Averia, thus said today on the heels of a new controversy arising from reports that the Comelec had asked on May 9 regional offices of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) to configure new compact flash (CF) cards with the use of two burners. The new CF cards number about 1,600.

Averia, who made the revelation in yesterday’s hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, said the directive begs clarification by DoST. Congress members looking into the May 10 elections noted this fact was hidden from them by Comelec, with one of them, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, warning about a possible security hole. Both Comelec and Smartmatic had been saying that replacements for all the 76,340 CF cards found to be faulty on May 3 were to be supplied by the central plant in Cabuyao, Laguna.

via CenPEG.

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Golez: We still don’t think ‘digital’

MANILA, Philippines – Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez lamented yesterday that most people still adopt a manual mindset as some lawmakers and losing candidates continue to complain of poll fraud after the country conducted historic automated elections last May 10.

“We have to think digital and do away with the manual mindset. The soft and hard copies are one and the same,” Golez said during the hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms that is investigating allegations of hi-tech poll fraud.

He highlighted the issue before the panel of Makati Rep. Teddyboy Locsin after losing candidates have been pressing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its computer supplier Smartmatic to produce election results from the precinct to the provincial levels.

Via Phil. Star

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Non-techie lawmakers slow down canvassing

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – When the joint canvassing committee of Congress starts its 2nd day of work on Thursday, it will be hard pressed to answer one primordial question that was left lingering in the minds of the public when it wrapped up its day 1: when will they actually start canvassing votes for president and vice-president?

Quite ironically, the automated election system, first tried nationwide in the recently concluded May 10 polls, is fast becoming part of the problem it was meant to solve — the country’s long time quest for honest, orderly, peaceful elections with results fast and truly reflective of the sovereign will of the people.

Long time questions on the technology used in the new system dominated day 1 of the joint committee’s work, propounded by senior citizen committee members who were, admittedly, not techie or technology-savvy.

Via ABS-CBN News

ALSO READ: Aquino, Roxas lead official tally

Enrile wants 76,000 CF cards to be retrieved and audited

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Thursday requested the retrieval, inventory and audit of all the 76,000 compact flash cards and precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the May 10 polls.

During the National Board of Canvassers’ Thursday session, Enrile also asked the body to create an independent technical committee that would check the CF cards as part of its mandate to ascertain the authenticity and due execution of the certificates of canvas (COC).

Speaker Prospero Nograles said the House has no serious objection to the proposal to form a technical group, but suggested that the info-technology (IT) experts of the two chambers of Congress should be the ones to audit the CF cards and PCOS machines.

Via GMANews.TV

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More losing bets claim they were offered ‘altered’ CF cards

Posted by akosistella on May 24, 2010


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(Updated 2:12 PM) While playing golf in his home province in November 2009, the now defeated Surigao del Norte gubernatorial bet Robert Ace Barbers said he was approached by a man who offered him to ‘pre-program’ compact flash cards in his favor.

Costing P50 million, the pre-programmed compact flash cards would ensure his victory in the May 2010 elections, Barbers told the House Committee on Electoral Reforms and Suffrage on Monday, quoting the seller whom he refused to identify.

These and more stories of election irregularities cropped up during the resumption of the House investigation on alleged poll fraud, including instances of “ballot cutting.”

via GMANews.TV.

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Smartmatic eyes manual recount to clear name

Seeking to clear its name from accusations of poll fraud, Smartmatic on Monday requested the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to conduct a manual recount of the ballots from the recently concluded automated elections.

“There have been many accusations with no proof. To all these accusations, my best answer is even if you don’t believe in the [automated] system, you can believe in a recount,” said Smartmatic-Asia Pacific president Cesar Flores after attending an investigation at the House of Representatives on the alleged irregularities in the May 10 polls.

“The best way to solve this is by opening the ballot boxes. My request to Comelec and the whole country, if you don’t believe the system, [is to] do a [manual] count,” he added.

Via GMA News TV

Why is Ace Barbers telling the public and the authorities about this just now? Wasn’t he alarmed in Nov. 2009 that there was this group peddling their services to virtually hack the automated elections by altering compact flash cards? In fact, Barbers even said the hacker was going to offer his services to Barbers’ rival, the eventual winner of the recent gubernatorial elections in their area.

I think all Filipinos are duty-bound to report to authorities if there is anyone threatening to commit fraud especially during an important event such as the national elections. Right now, I think Barbers is merely sour-graping.

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Smartmatic says flash cards 100% ‘tamper-proof’

Posted by akosistella on May 22, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Voting machine vendor Smartmatic on Friday stood by the integrity of the automated election system despite claims of fraud by lawmakers who lost their re-election bids in the May 10 elections.

Cesar Flores, Smartmatic Asia-Pacific president, maintained that the compact flash cards for the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines could not be tampered even if they are stolen and someone tries to replace its data with fake election results.

“Everything is encrypted with 108 encryption, which is used by banks to scramble data. If they try to access the data, they cannot because it’s scrambled. If you take the card, you won’t be able to read it,” the Smartmatic executive said during the House of Representatives hearing on the alleged election cheating

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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PPCRV uncovers apparent fraud in Basilan

Malacañang behind poll fraud claim-Locsin

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Comelec says losing bet behind ‘Robin’

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) believes a defeated presidential candidate is behind alleged whistleblower “Robin”, the masked man who claimed he was involved in massive fraud in the May 10 automated elections.

“Robin”, whose masked appearance has been likened to a koala bear, revealed a massive electronic cheating operation using alleged authentic ballots and “player” precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to rig the May 10 election tally.

According to Robin, their group has copies of the 15 million original ballots, and they transmitted their results to the Comelec server before the actual PCOS machines in use in precincts and canvassing centers transmitted the results.

Via ABS-CBN News

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‘Teddy Boy’ blows top at Smartmatic official

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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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.

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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


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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.

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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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Which one of these would you want to take home?

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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Kirby the Koala

OR

Robin the Koala (aka Teddyboy's bear)-via Inquirer.net

Click: ‘Koala bear’ is amusing

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Opinions

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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‘Stop whining, Noynoy’
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

Monday morning I posted this “status” on my Facebook account: “I am beginning to sense that a lot of my friends, including those who voted for Noynoy, find his adversarial attitude toward the new Chief Justice a bit too much. What do you think?”

In minutes, several of my FB “friends” responded.

From Ed S: “I think so too. Time to mend fences and start anew. Besides, winning the election in spite of the odds is more than a slap on their faces. He just has to give them a tap on the back for consolation and enough of these rantings.”

Click Dan Mariano.

Form and substance
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

SINCE CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA decided to accept the poisoned chalice from President Macapagal-Arroyo, the least he is expected to do is to drink from it. Not least because he has gotten to be chief justice due to efforts and arguments first forwarded in 1998—when his appointment as a judge by President Ramos was voided by the Supreme Court—and which finally bore bitter fruit in 2010, when the Court granted itself an exemption from constitutional prohibitions on presidential appointments during the campaign and transition period, thus paving the way for Corona’s becoming chief justice.

So in a sense he is joined at the hip to the point of view that there shouldn’t be any sort of ban on appointments during election periods or in the transition from one administration to the next. And here, the contrast between this assertion—whether on the part of President Arroyo, who set aside precedents dating back to her own father’s revocation of the midnight appointments of his predecessor—and the present Supreme Court itself (in granting itself an exemption) not to mention Corona himself, who ignored former Chief Justice Manuel Moran’s decision, based on delicadeza, to decline an opportunity to return to the high court by means of a midnight appointment, is instructive.

Via Manolo Quezon

Shape up, Comelec
CALLING A SPADE…By Solita Collas-Monsod

May I ask why it is that nine days after elections, the PPCRV’s tally still covers barely 90% of the election returns? Surely by this time all 76,000 PCOS machines should have been able to transmit the results electronically. That is, after all, part of what an Automated Election System is all about. After all, the Comelec itself had originally stated that two days after the elections, the tally would be complete.

PPCRV has a lot to answer for, as far as I am concerned, particularly because it opposed (successfully) the accreditation of Namfrel which has more than 27 years and at least eight national elections’ worth of counting experience under its belt, compared to PPCRV’s zero experience. At the same time, Comelec also has a lot to answer for because it allowed PPCRV to conduct a public count, even if its accreditation — at least originally anyway, was limited to a count for internal purposes only. If I remember correctly, Comelec’s reason for not accrediting Namfrel was because the elections would be automated, and everybody would have access to the transmitted election returns, so Namfrel raison d’etre was gone. Or some such rot.

Via WInnie Monsod

Fraud will out
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

That fraud marked the automated polls can hardly be denied even if it is being vehemently denied by poll officials. But the blame really falls on the Commission on Elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and even members of Congress who were so gung-ho over automated polls and not bothering to insist on checks for the entire system, including the Comelec’s cavalier attitude in doing away with the important security checks.

And that is where the big problem of the credibility of honest elections comes in.

Via Ninez Cacho Olivares

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Editorials

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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BusinessMirror: Truth-seeking, not sour grapes

THE House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms opened on Wednesday hearings into allegations of irregularities in the May 10 elections, mostly the result of human manipulation of what should otherwise have been an exhilarating and peaceful—because speedy—exercise. It’s just as well that the House panel clearly laid down the spirit guiding the effort to uncover the truth, in order to keep out those who have “no real or helpful evidence to offer, only their grief [at losing],” as the panel’s very articulate chairman, Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr., put it.

via BusinessMirror.

Phil. Star: Welcome gesture

While some officials eagerly accepted and even lobbied for midnight appointments from President Arroyo, particularly for positions with tenure that the beneficiaries hope cannot be invalidated by the next administration, Jesus Verzosa has given the nation a welcome gesture of delicadeza.

Via Phil. Star

Malaya: Catching foot-in-mouth disease

CHIEF Justice Renato Corona the other day said he will ask his wife Maria Cristina to resign as chairman of John Hay Management Corp. a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority. Corona said the resignation takes effect on June 30. This is to put to rest allegations of conflict of interest, he said.

Has Mrs. Corona any other choice?

Via Malaya

Inquirer: Corona of thorns

LET US BE CLEAR: IF THERE IS A POLITICAL storm gathering over the designation of Renato Corona as the new chief justice, it is not the fault, or even the doing, of presumptive president-elect Benigno Aquino III. If you slap a man in the face, he might strike back or turn the other cheek, but in either case, he is merely reacting to the provocation.

Via Inquirer

Daily Tribune: Credibility is foremost

Revelations about massive fraud in the recent automated elections that, if true, make the “Hello Garci” scandal look like child’s play, have been surfacing in volumes that are now difficult to dismiss, putting the mandate on potential president Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino in great doubt.

Via Daily Tribune

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Comelec dares masked whistleblower to come out, specify fraud allegations

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


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(Updated 4:59 PM) The masked “whistleblower” who alleged that fraud took place during the May elections was dared by the Commission on Elections Comelec on Wednesday to come out in the open and specify his charges. An apparently irked Comelec chairman Jose Melo told the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms that the poll body was “ready to answer questions” but that the whistleblower has not given any substantive statement.”He must come out and identify himself and come out with specific charges,” Melo said.

via GMANews.TV.

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Nograles to sue Comelec, Smartmatic, others for sabotage

MANILA, Philippines—House Speaker Prospero Nograles said Wednesday he plans to file charges of election sabotage against officials of the Commission on Elections, some members of the Board of Election Inspectors and equipment supplier Smartmatic TIM.

In a statement, Nograles, who lost his bid for mayor of Davao City, has offered the House of Representatives as a sanctuary for potential witnesses who were the “least guilty” in alleged electoral fraud.

Nograles said that while the elections were generally credible, reports of automated election fraud from all over the country can no longer be dismissed as minor glitches.

Via Inquirer.net

MEANWHILE, CHECK OUT how Louie Locsin, spouse of Rep. Teddyboy Locsin, was herself a victim of poll fraud in Makati City:

(Photo 1: Votes cast and recorded before 8pm May 10, 2010)

(Photo 2: Votes being cast from 10 pm until 3:30 am May 11, 2010)

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House hearing on alleged poll fraud today

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives is set to begin an inquiry today on allegations that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the May 10 elections were tampered with to favor some candidates.

Speaker Prospero Nograles, Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr., chairman of the committee on electoral reforms and suffrage, and several congressmen will meet with officials of the Commission on Elections and its automation partner, Smartmatic Inc., at 1 p.m. to seek their explanation on mounting allegations of fraud in the last election.

“Smartmatic people have guaranteed the public that they (PCOS) are hack-free. . . . Suppose there are now evidence gathered that they were in fact not tamper-proof, what is the remedy?” Nograles said.

Nograles earlier proposed to put on hold the full payment to Smartmatic until all allegations about the credibility of the PCOS machines have been dispelled.

“I will not agree to giving Smartmatic full payment because the guarantees were not fulfilled based on the initial report that we have,” he said.

Citing an HBO documentary film, Hacking Democracy, the House leader said it was possible to manipulate the PCOS machines. The documentary was filmed over three years documenting the investigation of irregularities with e-voting systems that occurred during the US 2002 and 2004 elections, especially in Florida.

On Tuesday, reports came out about a masked man claiming that electronic vote-shaving took place in the last presidential election. (Inquirer.net)

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Pinoy resilience made May polls possible despite gov’t failures — int’l observers

It was only because of the resilience of the Filipino people – teachers who acted as Board of Election Inspectors and voters – that the automated poll was made possible, an international observers mission that monitored the May 10 polls concluded.

The mission noted, on the other hand, that the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and its poll body failed to address election-related problems such as widespread intimidation, vote buying, corruption and violence, among others.

In a report submitted Tuesday to Senator Francis Escudero, co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Elections System (JCOC-AES), the People’s International Observers Mission (PIOM) said that the recent elections were not peaceful or violence-free, fair or honest.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: 60 controversial PCOS machines now in Senate custody

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Joke the vote, pun the bets

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


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Barring last-minute surprises in the election count, the Noynoy-Nognog tandem will lead the next casting at Malacañang Palace in the next six years, according to funny-boned Filipinos.

Nognog, dark-skinned Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay in real life, will also be installed as the country’s “first black vice president,” they say.

But before he could become president, Noynoy, who goes by the full name Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, may need to convince closest rival Joseph Estrada to concede.

Estrada can’t and won’t, supposedly because when he voted, his victory had been guaranteed. Proof of this, and so the tale is told, was that after Estrada fed his ballot into a PCOS machine, it popped this message: “Congratulations!

”In the most serious moments, trust Filipinos, acclaimed to be among the world’s happiest peoples, to joke and pun and laugh at themselves.

via Newsbreak Online.

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‘Stop Comelec from destroying CF cards’

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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THREE losing presidential candidates have asked the Supreme Court for a temporary restraining order on the Commission on Elections to prevent it from destroying the compact flash (CF) cards that malfunctioned before and during the May 10 elections.

At the same time, the petitioners—Sen. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, Nicanor Perlas and John Carlos “JC” delos Reyes—asked the Court to stop the poll body from implementing Comelec Resolution 8914 because it violates the people’s constitutional guaranteed right to information.

This is because the resolution has required affected Boards of Canvassers (BOCs) to delete from the laptops used in the canvass of votes data on the results of the final testing and sealing (FTS) of the CF cards.

via BusinessMirror.

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House panel to hear allegations against Smartmatic

SPEAKER Prospero Nograles yesterday ordered the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms to exercise Congress’ oversight functions to determine the truth behind allegations that the country’s first automated elections were tainted with fraud and irregularities.

“I’ve ordered the committee to look into all the complaints regarding the conduct of the automated elections in the face of the allegations of electronic fraud and pre-determined election results or ‘hocus PCOS’ (precinct count optical scan machines),” he said.

Officials of the Commission on Elections and its automation partner Smartmatic are expected to attend the hearing and shed light on the concerns that congressmen will raise.

Via Malaya

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