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How the machines controlled the elections

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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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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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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Melo: Initial audit shows low discrepancy rate

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


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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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Palace urges House body to wrap up probe on poll fraud

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang wants a committee at the House of Representatives to wrap up its investigation into alleged anomalies in the country’s first-ever nationwide automated elections last May 10, saying it is time to “move forward.”

Palace officials are concerned that the hearings being conducted by the committee on suffrage and electoral reforms chaired by Makati Representative Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. could overlap with the joint congressional canvass for the presidential and vice presidential votes.

“We hope we could put an end to this investigation so we can move on,” Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza told reporters in Filipino, on Wednesday.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Morato: 7 ‘Comelec executives’ involved in poll fraud

Smartmatic admission of ‘innocent’ program errors alarms lawmakers


MANILA, Philippines – Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, resumed session on Wednesday afternoon but not a single vote was counted.

Day 2 of the joint session was instead spent grilling officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and election automation system provider Smartmatic on the authenticity of the results of the recent national polls.

The admission of Smartmatic Asia-Pacific president Cesar Flores of innocent program errors caused concerns that there may have also been program errors in computing the votes.

Via ABS-CBN News

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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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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.

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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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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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Estrada camp hits ‘massive selling’ of CF cards to cheat in May polls

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


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The camp of presidential aspirant Joseph Estrada on Saturday claimed the May 10 polls were riddled with what it considered “massive marketing and selling” of pre-programmed Compact Flash (CF) cards, which contain instructions for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to read the ballots.

At a press conference in Mandaluyong city, Ambassador Ernesto Maceda, former president Estrada’s campaign manager, claimed that before the elections, some people offering CF cards – supposedly programmed to make a candidate win – approached the camp of the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Maceda claimed the CF card brokers sell the programs for the PCOS machines from P30 to P50 million each.

via GMANews.TV.

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No more glitches in transmission of data to PPCRV—Comelec

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) assured the public that there would be no more glitches in the transmission of data from various precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in its servers at the Pope Pius Center in Manila where its accredited citizen arm Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has been doing its own tally.

Renato Garcia, consultant for ICT Operations of the Comelec, along with Cesar Flores, Smartmatic Asia Pacific President went to Pope Pius to repair the glitch of its servers which has caused delays in the tally being conducted by PPCRV.

“We would like to apologize for the delay here in Pius. The Pope Pius has a server that Comelec and Smartmatic has provided here to be able to access the results from the PCOS machines.”

via INQUIRER.net.

Over 300 clustered precincts had near-unanimous choices for president

If the 2010 elections are a gauge, bloc voting is alive and well in the Philippines.

According to an analysis of the GMA election tally, over 90 percent of voters in 326 clustered precincts around the country had the same choice for president. Benigno “Noynoy’ Aquino was by far the main beneficiary of this voting pattern, with 164 clustered precincts in 19 provinces and the national capital region voting nearly 100% for the presumptive winner of the presidential race.

At least 54 precincts voted almost exclusively for former president Joseph Estrada, while 67 and 61 precincts, respectively, went nearly 100 percent for Gibo Teodoro and Manny Villar.

Via GMANews.TV

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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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Erroneous transmission of voting results reported—Comelec

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Erroneous transmission of results from PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machines have been reported in several areas across the country, the Commission on Elections disclosed Thursday, but officials said these would not affect the outcome of both national and local elections.

In a press briefing, Comelec spokesman Director James Jimenez said that “human error” led to some areas transmitting the results of the final testing and sealing (FTS) process instead of the actual election results.

Jimenez said that in some areas, the back-up memory cards containing the results of the FTS were used to replace faulty memory cards. As a result, instead of the actual election results, the results of the FTS were transmitted.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Only 60 of 276 CoCs canvassed—Comelec

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Editorials

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


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Manila Times: Bearer of people’s hopes

THE Filipino electorate, the majority of the people registered as voters who could indeed be taken to stand for the majority of our population, got its wish. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd as president to replace outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Via Manila Times

Phil. Star: Pat on the back

The peso gained strength and market shares were up yesterday in a clear sign of satisfaction over the conduct of the country’s first automated elections. Foreign diplomatic missions congratulated the Philippines for the relatively peaceful exercise, which had a high turnout despite technical glitches and the long lines in the scorching summer heat.

Via Phil. Star

Inquirer: Good job

CONTRARY to the most dismal expectations, quite a number of which were shared by the Inquirer, the country’s first nationwide automated elections have turned out to be a success. Not as originally advertised, but well enough as to make a return to the old manual system with its months-long canvassing, its tried-and-tested modes of wholesale cheating, politically untenable. Much needs to be improved in the new system, and close local contests must continue to be zealously monitored, but we can already say that the May 10 vote marked a true rite of passage. Our electoral system has finally caught up with the 21st century.

Via Inquirer.net

Malaya: Verdict still out

WE heard over the radio that some election lawyers were complaining that they lost business in what they admit is a strictly seasonal industry with the automation of elections. Their bread and butter was protesting results starting at precinct levels. With machines doing the appreciation of the ballots and counting the votes beyond the eyes of the public, including lawyers, there was no opportunity to protest, say, the counting of a wrongly spelled name of a candidate.

Via Malaya

Daily Tribune: GMA wins

Yes, it certainly was GMA-7, not Gloria Arroyo, who won in the manner with which the TV network covered the 2010 elections, in comparison to the ANC’s election coverage.

The GMA Network anchors and its reporters — save for some snide remarks by a guest commentator on her take of senatorial candidates who appear to have won the polls, but whom obviously she did not care for.

Via Daily Tribune

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Take a bow, Filipino voters

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


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On Monday, Filipino voters showed just what they thought of their betters.

For weeks, even months before the voting, legislators, so-called IT experts, business leaders, civil society figures and the candidates themselves were saying that the automated elections would fail.

There were dire warnings of how the basic programs of the computers could be “rigged” to produce the desired results. Talk was rife of how ordinary Filipinos would be so discombobulated by the task of shading the “egg-shaped circles” and feeding a ballot into a PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machine that they would either botch the job or stay away completely.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Malfunctions, poll violence on eve of elections

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Delayed flash cards, malfunctioning vote-counting machines and sporadic election-related violence marked 11th hour preparations of the Commission on Elections for the countrys first ever nationwide automated election on May 10.Comelec and poll machine supplier Smartmatic-TIM said all but 2% of voting areas nationwide are fully prepared for Mondays poll. More than 50 million voters are expected to troop to 76,340 polling precincts nationwide and cast their votes for 17,888 elective positions.Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said 2% of more than 75,000 clustered precincts in the country will experience delays in the delivery of compact flash cards due to limited transportation. Among the areas that will receive the delayed flash cards are parts of Northern Samar; Tineg, Abra and other remote areas with limited transportation.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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How to catch cheats in automated polls

MANILA, Philippines – The automated polls in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in August 2008 is proof that automation does not guarantee clean and honest elections. The purpose, clearly, is to speed up the counting and canvassing of votes, so cheats wouldn’t have the opportunity to manipulate the numbers.

The ARMM exercise almost 2 years ago indeed put a stop the to notorious dagdag-bawas or padding and shaving of votes in the region notoriously known as the country’s cheating capital. However, the exercise saw the return to pre-election fraud and to retail cheating on election day–things that can possibly happen in the 2010 nationwide automated polls.

In a 49-page report on the ARMM election, the regional poll watchdog Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) says: “Observers were surprised to see the ARMM’s polling day so much different from the practices in other Asian countries. The standards fell below what they expected as international best practice, although the polling itself went smoothly and without any major disruption or accidents.”

Via ABS-CBN News

50 million voters all set for first Asia automated polls
• Comelec says full results may be known by Wednesday

AT least 50 million Filipinos are set to face the controversial precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines today as the country holds its first-ever nationwide automated elections.

Veering away from the decades-old, fraud-filled manual system, Filipinos are set to elect their next leaders, including the successor of President Arroyo, by simply shading an oval next to the name of their candidates of choice and feeding their ballots to the counting machine.

According to the Commission on Elections, this election will be historic because it will be the first time an automated system will be used not only in the country but in the whole Asia.

Via Malaya

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Source code firm Dominion sheds light on voting glitch

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – A Canada-based software firm who leased the source code for the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the May 10 Philippine polls has shed light on the glitch that caused the machines to incorrectly read the ballots.

Sean Dean, product manager of Dominion Voting Systems, said the company only found out about the voting machine glitch during the final testing and sealing of PCOS machines in several municipalities last Monday.

Dean said Dominion representatives received clearance from the Commission on Elections to investigate the program files, which allowed them to isolate the problem in the compact flash cards.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Dominion also handled 2009 NY congressional poll

MANILA, Philippines – A Canada-based software firm that leased the source code for the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the May 10 Philippine polls has been tapped for various electoral exercises in Canada and the United States, including the November 2009 special election for New York’s 23rd congressional district.

Dominion Voting Systems, a full-service provider of elections solutions based in Toronto, provided portable ImageCast voting machines during the 2009 New York congressional election after signing an agreement with the Colorado-based company Sequoia Voting Systems.

A pre-election test conducted by the New York State Board of Elections on the ImageCast machines later showed software problems in the machines, particularly for races that allow voters to vote for more than one candidate. It noted that the Dominion ImageCast machines “did not allow for enough memory in these contests and caused the scanners to freeze during operation.”

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Undelivered ballots, PCOS machines may set back polls

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Smartmatic: 70,000 compact flash cards configured

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – The Smartmatic-TIM on Friday morning announced that it has configured 70,000 compact flash cards and it expects to finish configuring all cards needed for the May 10 automated elections before noon.

Cesar Flores, Smartmatic Southeast Asia president, announced over ANC’s Headstart that as of 8 a.m. almost 70,000 have been configured at their central warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna.

“More than 60 percent are already out. They will be arriving between today and tomorrow,” Flores said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Vote-shaving possible in PCOS machines, poll watchdog warns

Contrary to the government’s assurance that “automated cheating” is virtually impossible, the glitches that occurred in recent precinct-level tests showed there is an easy way to shave votes from target candidates in the May 10 elections, a poll watchdog group said on Thursday.

In a statement, Halalang Marangal (HALAL) said votes can be shaved off certain candidates by making minor changes in the configuration of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines that would be used to count and transmit votes during election day.

According to HALAL secretary-general Roberto Verzola, the current problem with PCOS machines is that there was a mismatch between the PCOS configuration and the ballot layout for local candidates, thus preventing the machines from accurately counting votes during pre-election testing last Tuesday.

Via GMANews.TV

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