• Another petition filed vs Comelec

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    THEY KEEP COMING Former senator Francisco ‘Kit” Tatad, senatorial candidate Greco Belgica, Glenn Chong and Rizalito David present copies of the petition they filed asking the Supreme Court to compel the Commission on Elections to activate the paper trail feature of the automated election system as mandated by law. PHOTO BY RUSSEL PALMA

    THEY KEEP COMING Former senator Francisco ‘Kit” Tatad, senatorial candidate Greco Belgica, Glenn Chong and Rizalito David present copies of the petition they filed asking the Supreme Court to compel the Commission on Elections to activate the paper trail feature of the automated election system as mandated by law. PHOTO BY RUSSEL PALMA

    Another petition asking the Supreme Court to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to implement the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) and other security features and safeguards of the automated election system (AES) was filed Friday.

    Three petitioners—Greco Antonious Belgica, Glenn Chong, and Manuelito Luna – maintained that Section 6 of the Automated Election Law mandates the use of the VVPAT.
    Former senator Richard Gordon was the first to file a similar petition, saying that Comelec officials might be impeached if they would obstinately refuse to activate the security feature that would allow voters to determine if their votes were properly counted.

    “Surprisingly, Comelec has failed to ensure that the AES meets these functional capabilities, as well as other safeguards [under the Automation Law) Suffice it to state that Comelec is in gross violation of the AES Law with its decision not to enable the VVPAT, coupled with its non-compliance with the minimum system capabilities requirement and other safeguards mandated by the AES Law,” the petitioners said.

    On Tuesday, the SC ordered the poll body to answer Gordon’s petition within a non- extendable period of five days.

    The Comelec en banc unanimously ruled against the VVPAT, which it said could be used as a tool for vote-buying. It also said that activating the security feature would extend the voting period by seven hours.

    The VVPAT system allows the voters to verify if their ballots were cast correctly.

    Gordon said the VVPAT is “a critical and indispensable security feature of the automated voting machine.”

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    4 Comments

    1. Clearly in the Philippines the government can choose which laws to obey and ignore the laws they don’t like.
      The law is supposed to apply to everyone equally, let’s watch as the supreme court support the ignoring of laws by Comelec because it makes it easier for the Liberal Party to cheat and elect Roxas or Poe to save them from corruption charges.

      My guess the Supreme Court will ignore the case until after the election.

    2. ernie del rosario on

      Does Comelec’s (read: Smartmatic’s) obstinate resistance using flimsy and irrelevant arguments to violate the AES Law when it comes to the VVPAT clearly show that they themselves DOUBT the integrity of the VCM ? Is the VCM nothing but rushed and desperate claptrap product for Smartmatic has no choice but to get a replacement of the Dominion PCOS machine and software which they used in 2010 and 2013 ? This new defective product showed up in the unending problems encountered in the tests (including the recent Mock Polls) of the VCM.