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Transmission failures hounded the 2010 and 2013 elections. In the 2010 elections, about 8 percent of some 78,000 PCOS machines failed to transmit election returns to their respective destinations. At an average of 600 voters who voted, this rate represents 3,744,000 ballots. It was worse in the 2013 elections. At…

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The veil of secrecy provides a nurturing environment for doubt, distrust, and scepticism to thrive. Transparency of our election processes is a policy declared in the Election Automation Law, Republic Act No. 8436 (RA8436) as amended by Republic Act No 9369. Yet, the processes of ballot evaluation, vote recording and…

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“So, in layman’s terms, meaning to say that candidates were given votes because the digital line crossed his oval which was not shaded by the voter.” This was the conclusion drawn by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd as Director Denis Villorente of the Advance Science and Technology Institute explained how…

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Comelec prescribed an accuracy rate of 99.995 percent as a response to the requirement of the Election Automation Law that the automated election system perform accurately. This was included in the technical specifications of the PCOS enumerated in the Request for Proposal for the Automation of the 2010 National and…

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The Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2014 (http://www.weforum.org/reports/global-information-technology-report-2014) is out. The GITR 2014 assesses an economy’s networked readiness based on a number of indicators grouped into the following: • Political and regulatory environment, and business and innovation environment • Readiness of infrastructure, digital content, affordability, and skills • Usage by…

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Let’s face IT! The PCOS machines ruled our voting, vote counting, and vote reporting processes! First, the non-provision of the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (Manila Times, June 25, 2014, http://www.manilatimes.net/pcos-missing-vvpat/106519/) is like telling the voter, “You need not know how the PCOS interpreted your ballot and how it counted…

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Ever wonder what happened to the PCOS-rejected ballots in the 2010 and 2013 elections? PCOS ballot rejection was not an unexpected incident. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) came out with the “bilog na hugis itlog” video to show voters how to properly shade the ovals across the names of candidates…

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I don’t like the PCOS because I don’t know if it correctly and accurately recorded my votes. Republic Act No. 9369 (RA 9369), or the law that authorizes the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to use an automated election system in the conduct of our elections, identifies two technologies that may…

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