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The Automated Election Law, Republic Act 8436 as amended by Republic Act 9369 (RA 8436), requires the conduct of a random manual audit (RMA) on the results generated by the PCOS machine, renamed Vote Counting Machine (VCM), for the 2016 national and local elections. Section 29 of the law provides:…

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The Random Manual Audit Committee (RMAC) states in a footnote in its RMA Report on the 2016 national and local elections that “In 2010 and 2013, the assumption was the machines are 99.0 percent accurate. The RMAC reported an actual accuracy rate of 99.70 percent and 99.97 percent, respectively. Gaining…

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Remember the time when Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista declared that the poll body would use all new PCOS machines for the 2016 elections and the option to have the existing 81,869 PCOS machines repaired and refurbished was no longer feasible due to time constraints? That was on…

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) owes the voting public an explanation on the use of unauthorized servers and the unauthorized introduction of a script into the transparency server, which puts the credibility and integrity of elections in question. The transparency server has been in use since the 2010 National and…

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Companies engaging in projects identify factors that can be measured in order to assess the success or failure of a project. The factors are often referred to as key results areas. Along with it is a set of key results index. The same should be true with assessing the performance…

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Preliminary reports on the results of the random manual audit indicate that the PCOS/VCMs have an overall accuracy rating of 99.884%. Based on the standard set by the Commission on Elections, the PCOS/VCMs should have 99.995% accuracy. This translates to one error mark out of 20,000 marks. The 99.884% accuracy…

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SEEN through a political lens, the recently held 2016 local and national elections are regarded as generally peaceful and orderly. The exercise started promptly with 92,509 of new version PCOS machines, renamed Vote Counting Machine or VCM, being started up in as many clustered precincts nationwide and the Board of…

SMARTMATIC STRIKES AGAIN!

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Smartmatic strikes again! In 2008, while votes were being consolidated in the regional elections at the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, Smartmatic, remotely from Manila, changed the number of voters in a counting and consolidation server in Wao, Lanao del Sur. In 2010, during the canvass of votes for the…

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THE Election Automation Law, Republic Act No. 8436 (RA8436) as amended by Republic Act No. 9369, provides for a set of minimum system capabilities, which includes, among others, a voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) or simply a voter receipt. The printing of the VVPAT is a transparency feature designed…

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