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It almost went unnoticed. No theatrics. No fanfare. It may have been a small victory, but it is a significant one. Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, Co-chair of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System (JCOC-AES), at a hearing last March 19, 2015, concluded that the weakness of…

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Part of the internal process of the PCOS at the time of voting is the creation of a digital image of each ballot. The PCOS evaluates each vote mark on the ballot digital image to check if each vote mark passes a pre-defined shading threshold. If the PCOS determines that…

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LET’S take a trip back in time to the election days in 2010 and 2013. On both days, I, with so many other voters, trooped to the voting center in our barangay. Finding my precinct, I patiently waited until it was my turn. Having been cleared by the Board of…

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It will cost the country P3,649.64 per PCOS machine to have each examined for possible defects. It does not include services and parts to get all of the PCOS machines back to normal operating condition! The Commission on Elections (Comelec) intends to negotiate with Smartmatic-TIM (Smartmatic) “Program 1 Extended Warranty Proposal…

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No, it’s not the online, electronic type of a compromise and not by hackers or malevolent actors out to sabotage the election results.  The compromise was done by those who set up the transparency server through which various groups receive electronic copies of election returns from the various PCOS machines.…

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Preparations for the 2016 national and local elections is heating up. In fact, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has initiated the bidding for additional PCOS machines. Additional because the Comelec intends to re-use the PCOS machines that were used in the 2010 and 2013 elections. The Comelec Advisory Council (CAC)…

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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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