IF YOU, dear reader, have not yet read today’s Let’s Face IT! (LFIT!) column by Namfrel’s Lito Averia, who is one of our country’s topmost information technology and election process experts, please do read it at once.
Our P1 banner story and the sidebar to it also shows the dreadful things that Smartmatic has done to our election process, in 2010, 2013, and in the just concluded election. Not known to many is that as early as when Smartmatic did pilot use of its Automated Election System (AES) using the PCOS machines in the ARMM, expert observers already saw how open to fraud and manipulation its system is.
What Mr. Averia and his fellow experts—including our roundtable guest yesterday, Antonio Contreras, De La Sale University Political Science professor, whose study showed him that statistically impossible shifts in vote counts happened in this election–is for the system to be opened for review and examination.
This will be a tedious and thorough process. The review will tell the truth.
Our columnist Lito Averia concludes his column today with these words, which we wholeheartedly endorse:
“Let’s face IT. In the eyes of many, Mr. Garcia’s action threatened the integrity of the AES and the accuracy of the election results. The matter merits full investigation. It must be done regardless of the personalities involved. It must be done for our country, our Republic. Smartmatic must be held liable.”
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We also print in full below, the formal call of our partner in seeking the best for our democracy, TanggulangDemokrasya (TanDem) Inc. “for the immediate conduct of a digital forensic examination of the system (software) and platform (hardware) of the automated election network by the anti-cyber crime group of the Philippine National Police, with representatives of independent IT groups as observers.”
Let the people’s voice prevail! Protect the people’s will!
The people’s vote is sacred. The free results of the elections are the collective voice of the people. As such it is every citizen’s duty to protect it and let it prevail.
We, members of the Tanggulang Demokrasya, believe that a clean, honest and credible elections are the cornerstone of a democratic society.
We view with grave concern the blatant attempt by those mandated to conduct the 2016 elections to tamper with the computerized system that may affect the true results of the elections.
We denounce the widely publicized unauthorized uploading of a computer script (instructions) to the transparency server in the course of the quick count, as publicly admitted by both the Comelec and Smartmatic.
Accordingly, we call for the immediate conduct of a digital forensic examination of the system (software) and platform (hardware) of the automated election network by the anti-cyber crime group of the Philippine National Police, with representatives of independent IT groups as observers.
We demand that Comelec address this call right now in the interest of transparency and truth of the 2016 elections.
Let the true voice of the people prevail! Comelec must protect, not thwart, the people’s will.
Makati City, Philippines. 17 May 2016.
The instrument is signed by the officers of Tanggulang Demokrasya (TanDem), Inc.