Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp is asking the Commission on Elections to conduct a “forensic probe” of the Comelec’s own Election Management System (EMS).
Binay was the standard-bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May 2016 polls.
“We request that a forensic examination of the Election Management System (EMS) for the May 9, 2016 presidential elections be conducted by the Comelec in line with real transparency and protecting the integrity these automated elections and in the future,” lawyer JV Bautista, UNA secretary general, said in a letter to the commission en banc (full bench).
In a statement issued on Wednesday, UNA said it sought a probe in wake of a reported breach of the system by technology provider Smartmatic and reported discrepancies in the Certificates of Canvass (COC) and in the voters’ receipts.
Bautista asked the Comelec to provide their party access to the following “to ensure transparency”: list of IP addresses and MAC addresses of all devices and servers that were connected to the network during the elections; dump of the log servers that comprise transactions of devices connected to the central and transparency servers from 5 p.m. of May 9 up to 5 p.m. of May 11; and network diagram of the Automated Election System of the presidential polls.
The party official said there were questionable data on the “undervotes” based on the printed receipts received by those who filled up a complete slate.
He noted reports that some voters’ receipts allegedly do not match the votes cast, and an “irregular number of undervotes for some positions.”
UNA also recalled the introduction of a new script or computer command in the transparency server, which Smartmatic said was cosmetic and was meant to change the “?” character to “ñ” in some candidates’ names.
The opposition party also noted that the Comelec had also said that there were supposed discrepancies in the results between the certificates of votes by the provincial board of canvassers and those generated by the canvassing and consolidation system in Ilocos Sur, Zamboanga del Sur and Nueva Ecija.
“We stress the importance of credible elections as a foundation of a stable democracy, and with the thrust of transparency, we need to reinforce the public’s confidence in the election system,” Bautista said.