A multi-sectoral poll watchdog on Tuesday urged the public to support a campaign to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from using the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in the 2016 presidential elections.
“We call on everyone who thinks that we should no longer use the PCOS machines for the next elections and who believes that the Comelec and Smartmatic, the foreign vendor of these defective machines, should be made to account for their actions to join us,” Fr. Joe Dizon, spokesman of Kontra Daya, said.
Kontra Daya, which is composed of the clergy, teachers, information technology experts and activists, will make its stand known today at the Comelec.
Dizon said the PCOS machines should no longer be used in the next elections after the recent admission of Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. that there were discrepancies in the results of the random manual audit (RMA) and the tallies made by the PCOS machines.
“These admissions are tell-tale signs that the PCOS machines and the ardent proponents of this highly flawed technology, namely the Comelec and Smartmatic, have further compromised the integrity of our long fraudulent and undemocratic elections. There’s no other way to look at it,” he said.
The priest insisted that the downplaying of the discrepancies only increases the liability of the Comelec and Smartmatic to the electorate.
“Brillantes and the Comelec should be made to account for insisting on this foreign-controlled and very expensive automation technology as well as for covering up its defects,” the priest said.
“They are also liable for choosing a type of automation that undercuts transparency and produces results that are unverifiable and for doing away with the basic safeguards mandated under the law such as the source code review,” Dizon ended.