An election watchdog has concluded that the 60-30-10 voting pattern seen in the results of the 2013 senatorial elections, which favored administration candidates, was the work of a computer program rather than the expression of the will of the voters.
The Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) over the weekend declared that it has concluded its investigation of the 60-30-10 pattern found in the results of the senatorial race, pronouncing that the said results are not only highly improbable, but also highly suspect to have been manipulated.
The group’s study affirmed its concern that there is a basis to suspect pre-programming or systematic data manipulation of the mid-term elections.
IT experts, statisticians, and social scientists involved in the AES Watch’s studies have challenged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disclose critical information including the precinct count optical scan source code, as well as transmission and audit logs to disprove its findings.
AES Watch spokesperson, De La Salle University Prof. Nelson Celis, dared anew the Comelec to debunk the organization’s findings by disclosing once and for all the software system used in the mid-term elections and other vital election documents.
Celis said that unless the Comelec discloses the cited information, the integrity of the 2013 senatorial elections would remain tainted.
He added, “Indeed, the 2016 presidential election is in danger of meeting the same fate or worse.”
The suspicious 60-30-10 pattern seen in the result of the Senate race that showed majority of votes for Team PNoy is “highly significant” with “0 probability of being due to chance,” the AES Watch research team that completed the study revealed.
Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) fellow and Ateneo de Manila University Math Prof. Felix Muga 2nd, said that the pattern was not the result of an independent decision by the country’s voters.
He concluded that the pattern was the result of “a pre-arranged algorithm or computer program.”
Muga led the team of statisticians and computer programmers who conducted the AES Watch investigation.
He first exposed the 60-30-10 pattern in the senatorial race results a week after the May 2013 elections.
AES Watch also claimed that the election program designed for the aborted 2011 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections was used instead for the 2013 polls.
“How a software that was purportedly designed for a regional election in southern Mindanao could have been used for a nationwide election with tens of thousands of candidates remains a mystery,” AES Watch said.
Two reporters were also killed on July 30 allegedly for exposing a post-election ballot printing by a private printing company.
Meanwhile, Bobby Tuazon, director of CenPEG’s policy studies and AES Watch co-convener, said that the Comelec under former election lawyer Sixto Brillantes Jr. has systematically corrupted the whole election system.
“The poll body has systematically engaged in non-compliance of the election law, systematic cover-up of blunders, consistent refusal to disclose vital election documents sought by citizens’ poll watchdogs, political parties, and even Congress leaders as well as media,” Tuazon said.
Moreover, lawyer Harry Roque, director of the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute for International Legal Studies, said: “Brillantes . . . without blinking an eye has been spreading lies and labeling poll watchgroups as ‘election saboteurs.’”
AES Watch is due to present its findings to the public on November 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UP Law Center in Quezon City.
Slated to present their own findings are Celis, former Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman, and former Comelec lawyer-turned-whistleblower Melchor Magdamo, among others.