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[ANALYSIS] How to fix what went wrong in the 2019 elections

May 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Abandoning the automated system and going back to manual is a far worse option

Fire hits vote counting machines stored in Zamboanga del Sur school

May 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Out of 8 vote counting machines in the holding room of the school, one is burnt. Seven VCMs are immediately secured by responding policemen.

FIRE. A fire strikes the rear of this Grade 6 room in San Pablo Central Elementary School in Zamboanga del Sur. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Comelec says 961 vote-counting machines defective

May 14, 2019 - 2:06 PM

This breaches the number of defective vote-counting machines in the 2016 elections, but the Commission on Elections asserts the polls were 'successful'

FACING MEDIA. All 7 members of the Commission on Elections face the media on May 14, 2019, in a press conference about the recently concluded national and local elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec suspects 'wear and tear' in defective voting machines

May 14, 2019 - 12:22 AM

Up to 450 vote-counting machines had to be replaced on election day, says Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINE. A new vote-counting machine (VCM) arrives at the precinct where reelectionist Makati Mayor Abby Binay is supposed to vote. The new VCM replaces the one that malfunctioned. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What to do when the vote-counting machine rejects your ballot

May 13, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Equipment issues mar the polls in various areas in the country

VOTER COUNTING MACHINES. A New VCM for the precinct of reelectionist Mayor Abby Binay works. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malfunctioning VCMs delay voting in Cebu’s biggest barangay

May 13, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Despite glitches in the vote counting machines, election officers in Cebu City's Barangay Guadalupe say the voting will close as scheduled

LONG LINE. Voters at the Tisa II Elementary School are given priority numbers and asked to sit at the designated waiting area. Photo by Micole Tizon/Rappler

Comelec says 400-600 vote-counting machines replaced

May 13, 2019 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Its larger than what we saw in 2016, and therefore it is a bit jarring,' says Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez

VOTE COUNTING MACHINE. Incidents of malfunctioning vote counting machines reach tbe Comelec. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Election 2019 technical issues: Paper jams, malfunctioning machines

May 13, 2019 - 9:17 AM

(UPDATED) One high-profile incident involves former vice president Jejomar Binay whose ballot was not accepted by the vote-counting machine

A technician hauls a "defective" VCM machine out of a polling precinct at A. Montes Elem. School in Iloilo City Proper. Photo by Rhick Albay/Rappler

Jiggy Manicad to Comelec: Let poll watchers monitor backup VCMs

May 10, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The 2019 senatorial bet says it is important to preserve the integrity of the elections

MOTION. 2019 senatorial candidate Jiggy Manicad files a motion concerning backl-up vote counting machines at the Commission on Elections headquarters on May 10, 2019. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Diokno wants probe into police inspection of vote-counting machines warehouse

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:28 PM

In a letter to the Comelec, senatorial candidate Chel Diokno says Baguio police's inspection of a warehouse for vote-counting machines is a ‘serious breach’

WORRISOME. Otso Diretso senatorial bet Chel Diokno files a request with the Comelec to investigate what he called as the "worrisome" inspection of policemen of a vote counting machine (VCM) warehouse in Baguio. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Voting machines to service more voters in 2019 polls

Apr 26, 2019 - 8:04 PM

The maximum number of voters that can use each vote-counting machine is now 1,000 from the previous 800, says the Commission on Elections

VOTE-COUNTING MACHINES. In this file photo, officials from the Commission on Elections test vote-counting machines on January 29, 2016. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec shows how to vote in May 13 elections

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the demo of vote-counting machines conducted by the Commission on Elections in the Rappler office at 2 pm on Thursday, April 11

VOTING MACHINE. The 2019 elections will be the 4th automated electoral exercise in the Philippines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Should Comelec buy vote-counting machines or lease them first?

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The joint congressional oversight committee will tackle the poll body's recent decision to purchase from Smartmatic the machines used in 2016, for the 2019 elections

PURCHASE OR LEASE? The Comelec is already preparing for the 2019 elections, the fourth time it will be automated using vote-counting machines. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] What Bongbong Marcos should understand about ballot images

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The 'shocking' evidence of cheating presented by the losing vice presidential candidate are actually new features on the ballot introduced in 2016

Lacson, Dalquez, Fisher | Evening wRap

Jun 20, 2017 - 9:39 PM

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Images from 2016: The day we elected Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo

May 09, 2017 - 5:06 PM

It s been a year since the 2016 elections Revisit Rappler s PHvote microsite – it doesn t disappoint with the wealth of stories from that whirlwind of a day

Cheating using unused machines? 'Kaya nga unused' – Robredo

Jan 21, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Kahit hindi naman abogado maiintindihan iyon Vice President Leni Robredo says of the latest accusation of defeated candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr

DENYING FRAUD. Vice President Leni Robredo refutes the claim of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that supposedly 'unused' vote-counting machines point to 'massive fraud.' Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

Duterte, Calida, Macalintal | Evening wRap

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:12 PM

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Marcos wants SC action on Comelec's 'failed' SD card decryption

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:34 PM

For us this is quite disheartening and highly irregular says the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr

SUSPICIOUS. The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos finds the Comelec's failure to decrypt the unused SD cards suspicious, raising speculations on poll fraud. Rappler file photo

Trillanes vs Zubiri, CDO floods, peace talks | Evening wRap

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:07 PM

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Marcos camp: Data in unused SD cards prove poll fraud

Jan 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM

But Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says it is better to let the process of decryption be completed first and not to speculate on the supposed files in the SD cards

ELECTION FRAUD. The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos asserts that data found in unused VCMs prove that the election system is tampered.  File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Comelec returns 97,000 voting machines to Smartmatic

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The Comelec says it is not required to keep materials that do not contain election results data for the election protest of Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Leni Robredo

MACHINES RETURNED. The Comelec returns 97,000 vote-counting machines to Smartmatic as the poll body decided not to purchase these. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Marcos burial, NAIAX, Bolt | 6PM wRap

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Canvassing rules, PH rainy season, Twitter | 12PM wRap

May 25, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Watch the Rappler s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Marcos wants Comelec to develop evidence for him – Robredo camp

May 18, 2016 - 1:03 PM

That’s a very desperate move on the part of Mr Marcos says lawyer Romulo Macalintal who represents unofficial results front runner Leni Robredo

ROBREDO LAWYER. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who represents vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, tells reporters that the call of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr for a system audit is a 'desperate move.' Screen grab from Rappler

Smartmatic: It's Comelec running the show

May 17, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Smartmatic denies that it is overstepping its boundaries after a reported breach in protocol involving a hash code

HASH CODE ISSUE. Comelec's James Jimenez (left) and Smartmatic's Marlon Garcia explain the hash code issue in a news conference after the May 9 elections. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

FAQ: The Ñ issue and alleged fraud in the elections

May 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The results files should be made publicly accessible for anyone to download and analyze. After all, democracy should have nothing to hide.

Comelec holds special elections for 19,000 voters

May 14, 2016 - 11:35 AM

In one of the polling precincts holding special elections the Comelec says armed men even burned a vote counting machine on May 9

SPECIAL ELECTIONS. The Commission on Elections holds special elections on May 14, 2016, in 55 polling precincts across the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

Comelec’s Guanzon slams Smartmatic over hash code

May 13, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic should be liable for the hash code issue raised by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

HITTING SMARTMATIC. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic should be held liable for an unauthorized change in an election-related hash code. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Ex-Comelec chair to represent Marcos in canvassing

May 13, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr however downplays claims of cheating based on the hash code issue raised by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

EX-POLL CHIEF. Former Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr is set to represent Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr during the canvassing of votes in Congress. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Marcos cried fraud even before May 9 polls

May 13, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Despite insinuations of fraud from Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr the Comelec says Marcos has not filed any formal complaint about alleged cheating

HINTING FRAUD. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr insinuated fraud even before the May 9 elections. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Comelec: Hash code issue blown out of proportion

May 12, 2016 - 10:35 PM

It s being used to discredit the elections says Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim

HASH CODE ISSUE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Christian Lim says an election hash code issue has been blown out of proportion. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Comelec on change in hash code: 'No cheating'

May 12, 2016 - 6:31 PM

UPDATED The Comelec dispels claims of cheating raised by the camp of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr after a change in the hash code of an election server

'NO CHEATING.' Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista (right) and Commissioner Christian Lim (left) assure the public that there is no cheating as insinuated by the camp of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

#PHVoteWatch: Hernandez keeps seat in Laguna

May 11, 2016 - 6:26 PM

Despite a delay in the transmission of votes supporters of Hernandez celebrate as the partial results shows a wide gap between Ramil Hernandez and his rivals

PPCRV: Majority of reports are about faulty VCMs

May 10, 2016 - 5:45 PM

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting however notes that the voter by and large was satisfied in learning that the receipt recorded what he or she had chosen

COOL DOWN. In Dumaguete, board of election inspectors use an electric fan to cool down a vote counting machine. Photo by Nash Denver/

110 VCMs malfunction in Caraga; only 25 replacements arrive

May 10, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Commission on Elections regional director Renato Magbutay say they a have a contingency plan for the problem

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016 have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Voting machines worked in 98% of Cebu precincts

May 10, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Around 50 vote counting machines malfunctioned across 4 066 clustered precincts in Cebu province

Comelec: Transmission of votes fastest in 2016

May 09, 2016 - 11:33 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the quick transmission of votes can help ensure credible polls

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Vote-counting machines break down in Tacloban City

May 09, 2016 - 8:53 PM

In one voting precinct only 165 votes are cast out of the 450 registered voters due to a VCM malfunction

VOTING TIME. In San Jose Elementary School, where most number of voters in Tacloban City are registered, residents prepare to cast their ballots. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/ Rappler

Polls close in most parts of Philippines

May 09, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Polling stations where voting machines were replaced are open until 6 pm

HIGHLY ENGAGED. More than 54 million Filipinos were registered to vote on 09 May to elect a new President, Vice President, 12 senators and more than 18,000 regional and local positions. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Vote-buying, VCM glitches mar polls in Bicol, Zambales

May 09, 2016 - 5:24 PM

This is the first time that vote buying took place for presidential candidates here says reelectionist Albay Third District Representative Fernando Gonzalez

Comelec replaces 150 VCMs

May 09, 2016 - 2:44 PM

Vote counting machine glitches have been reported in various localities nationwide since polls opened at 6 am

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016 have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Smartmatic denies VCMs in Novotel

May 09, 2016 - 1:54 PM

UPDATED The Roxas camp immediately debunks the rumor that vote counting machines are stored in the hotel which is located near the headquarters of the Liberal Party

FINAL TEST. Teachers serving as election inspectors test vote-counting machines (VCMs) one last time before the May 9 polls. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Leni Robredo voting delayed as VCM malfunctions

May 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Problems in the vote counting machines affect even administration vice presidential bet Leni Robredo

WAITING. Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo joins other voters in line to vote at the Tabuco Central School in Naga city. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Last minute jitters among Laguna voters before polls

May 09, 2016 - 4:28 AM

Hours before the polls open Laguna voters express their excitement and fears for the elections

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler. Photo of traffic by Romeo Gacad/AFP. Rappler file photo of Vote Counting Machines and ballots

Comelec fights unprecedented ‘misinformation’ online

May 08, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez says it is now ‘easier to share than to verify’ allegations of poll fraud

Election cheating? VCMs may not be the best way to do it

May 08, 2016 - 11:30 AM

You cannot win the presidency by operating on just one or two clustered precincts out of the 92 509 It will only amount to 2 000 votes at the most

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016 have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Iloilo City ready for May 9 polls

May 08, 2016 - 2:33 AM

All systems go for Iloilo City as the local election officials finalize their preparations for the elections on Monday May 9

Women supporters of Madalum mayoral bet guard VCMs with sandals

May 08, 2016 - 1:30 AM

Supporters of Madalum mayoral bet Mila Gainal fight off soldiers with their sandals to prevent vote counting machines from being moved to the town hall

Comelec denies firing voting machine technicians

May 07, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Refuting a claim of the camp of Senator Grace Poe Smartmatic also says some technicians were not hired after failing tests

The Comelec gives a demonstration on the security features of the new Vote Counting Machines before members of the media and other election watchdogs at the Pope Piux XII Catholic Center in Manila on Monday, January 25. 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler