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Bad labels prompt Comelec to rename voting machines

Sep 17, 2015 - 8:04 PM

‘Yung PCOS tinatawag Hocus PCOS Tapos po itong OMR naman may narinig po kami ‘O Mar’ daw ’ Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista tells lawmakers

CALL THEM 'VCM.' The Comelec now prefers to use the name VCM – 'vote-counting machines' – to refer to the machines Filipinos will use in the next elections. File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Philippine military clueless on China poll ‘sabotage’

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:48 AM

UPDATED An election watchdog hits a Comelec commissioner for making a very careless statement about China s reported attempt to sabotage the 2016 polls

CHINA SABOTAGE? A Comelec official warns on September 16, 2015, that China might 'sabotage' the Philippine elections in May 2016. File photo by John Javellana

China might sabotage 2016 polls – Comelec

Sep 16, 2015 - 10:59 AM

2nd UPDATE The Chinese Embassy says The so called attempt by China to sabotage the 2016 elections is totally groundless and a sheer fabrication

COMELEC CHAIRMAN. A photo made available on February 24, 2013, shows Andres Bautista, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, during an interview at his office in Mandaluyong City on February 20, 2013. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/EPA

Critics to SC: Junk Comelec ‘spending splurge’

Sep 14, 2015 - 6:19 PM

Petitioners say the SC should issue a temporary restraining order for now against a Comelec resolution on the lease of 93 000 vote counting machines

UNANIMOUS DECISION. The Comelec unanimously decides to lease 93,000 machines from Smartmatic. File photo by John Javellana

Watchdogs seek SC help vs Comelec’s ‘sham bidding’

Aug 26, 2015 - 7:05 PM

Poll reform advocates say controversial firm Smartmatic should refurbish 82 000 old vote counting machines ‘for free’

HITTING COMELEC. Election watchdogs say the SC should cite the Comelec in contempt for refusing to heed an SC ruling on vote-counting machines. File photo by John Javellana  File photo by John Javellana File photo by John Javellana

Philippines’ voting machines to be made in China

Aug 25, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The Comelec downplays concerns that the West Philippine Sea dispute can affect the manufacturing of voting machines

MADE IN CHINA. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the Philippines expects Smartmatic to deliver voting machines by January 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec sets scrutiny of voting machines 3 months before polls

Aug 20, 2015 - 8:35 PM

For 2016 the review of the source code of voting machines is scheduled around 3 months before the elections – a process done only 4 days before polls in 2013

'MASTER BLUEPRINT.' This CD contains the source code, or 'master blueprint,' or voting machines for the 2013 elections. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

If SC stops Smartmatic, ex-bidder eyed to save polls

Aug 20, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Unlike Smartmatic disqualified bidder Dermalog says it can refurbish 81 000 old vote counting machines by December

Competitor scores Smartmatic for ‘monopoly’ on polls

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:01 PM

Without naming Smartmatic Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull says ‘the vendor in this position is trying to monopolize and I think it’s quite obvious’

DISQUALIFIED BIDDER. Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull criticizes Smartmatic's supposed monopoly over Philippine elections. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Comelec on Smartmatic, LTFRB response, Cotto vs Alvarez | 6PM wRap

Aug 14, 2015 - 5:35 PM

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Poll exec hits Smartmatic for refusing to fix PCOS

Aug 14, 2015 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED While joining the unanimous decision to lease 93 000 machines from Smartmatic another poll commissioner says he voted ‘with a heavy heart’

HITTING SMARTMATIC. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic 'seemed to have taken advantage of the time constraint' the Comelec is facing. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Smartmatic deal, Batangas plant, China blast | 12PM wRap

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:45 PM

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PH voting machines 82% cheaper, supplier says

Aug 13, 2015 - 6:20 PM

Smartmatic describes itself as ‘the best of the best’ as the Comelec decides to use the company’s voting machines in 2016

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. Smartmatic Asia Pacific president Cesar Flores points to precint count optical scan (PCOS) machines in boxes at the Smartmatic's warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, on May 31, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

While leasing new ones, PH to reuse old PCOS in 2019

Aug 13, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body initially wanted to use the existing PCOS machines for 2016 but this is no longer feasible

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. A Filipino worker in a warehouse in Quezon City, east of Manila on May 4, 2010, loads precint count optical scan (PCOS) vote-counting machines into a truck to be delivered to polling precincts around Metro Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP    Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

It's final: PH to use contentious voting machines

Aug 13, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body made a unanimous decision to lease 93 000 voting machines from Smartmatic

File photo by John Javellana

Comelec opens bids for lease of 71,000 vote-counting machines

Jun 30, 2015 - 9:06 PM

Meanwhile the Comelec is in a race against time to finalize the mode of election for the May 2016 polls

Comelec holds parallel biddings for 2016 vote counting machines

Jun 30, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The outcome of this series of biddings will decide whether the 2016 presidential election will go fully automated partially automated or manual

2 bids, 1 choice to seal fate of 2016 elections

May 06, 2015 - 12:33 PM

By July the Comelec is set to decide whether to repair its existing vote counting machines or buy 100 000 new ones for the elections in 2016

POLL BODY. Four members of the seven-member Comelec – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left) and Commissioners Christian Lim (1st), Rowena Guanzon (3rd), and Luie Guia (4th) – pose for photos during Bautista and Guanzon's oath-taking on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

5 prospective bidders so far for election tech

Nov 04, 2014 - 5:51 PM

Among those who have bought bidding documents is Smartmatic whose participation is criticized due to unresolved and persistent issues with its PCOS machines

PRE-BID CONFERENCE. The Comelec holds a pre-bid conference for the lease of two automated election systems for the 2016 elections on Tuesday, November 4. Michael Bueza/Rappler

PCOS, other tech recommended for 2016 polls

Aug 14, 2014 - 3:02 PM

Besides the reuse of PCOS machines the Comelec Advisory Council recommends the use of secondary technologies such as DRE Comelec plans to make its final decision on August 26

PCOS. The Comelec Advisory Council recommends reusing the PCOS machines for the 2016 polls. File photo by John Javellana