The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to adopt more measures aimed at preventing electronic cheating in the country’s automated polls.
The order stemmed from two petitions filed separately by Al Argosino and former Metro Rail Transit 3 General Manager Al Vitangcol3rd that were consolidated by the SC.
Argosino was the lawyer in a disqualification case filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against eventual President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
Meanwhile, Vitangcol had sought to compel the Comelec to adopt additional measures that would protect the Automated Election System (AES).
The petitions were filed before the High Court after data on over 50 million voters from the Comelec database were leaked ahead of the May 9 elections.
They raised fears that the leak had endangered the elections.
Argosino had asked the SC to order the Comelec to conduct an inventory of identification numbers of Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and list down all the Internet Protocol (IP) and Media Access Control (MAC) addresses that the poll body will use in its Virtual Private Network, together with their geographical locations.
The IP address is the numerical label assigned to each device participating in a computer network while a MAC address is a globally unique identifier assigned to network devices often referred to as hardware or physical address of the device.
Both are considered fingerprints of individuals in cyberspace.
Through the inventory, the Comelec would be able to trace electronic cheating in the AES.