• Comelec failed to disclose ‘secret backdoor’ in PCOS machines


    Oversight correction, cost benefit analysis and what to do with PCOS machines to avoid fraud and warehousing costs were tackled at the Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt recently.

    Labor leader Dave Diwa, former Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman, Maricor Akol of C3E and AES Watch said that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) failed to disclose that its PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machines had console ports or secret backdoors which anyone could open without the need for passwords to gain control of the said machines and be used for vote manipulation.

    Lagman added that by using TCRES (Transparent and Credible Election System), tablet and projector conbination will make the precinct-counting much more transparent to the voting public.

    Ms. Akol advised that PCOS machines used after elections can be donated to schools to avoid warehousing costs. Former Rep. Jing Paras said that there’s a need for an oversight committee to make forensic count correction and paper trail to avoid suspicion by the voting public.

    He is looking into a new system on how to recruit new commissioners or election chairperson either through election or through consensus building agreed by different political parties.


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