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[OPINION] How to make the automated elections less vulnerable to cheats

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

In the 2019 elections, the Comelec will test a Voter Registration Verification System in one-third of the clustered precincts, mostly in Mindanao

Comelec vows voters' data breach won't happen again

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Commission on Elections Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr says the poll body's website is more secure now, being hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] ‘Missing’ audit logs, wet ballots, and other Marcos lies

Apr 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

This is not just about the vice presidency. Every lie, fact-twisting, and misinformation systematically and relentlessly sowed by the Marcos camp is corrosive to the people’s faith in our electoral process.

‘Not enough proof’ yet in server logs to show 2016 poll fraud

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

IT experts push for more transparency and explanations from Comelec and Smartmatic to address cheating allegations in the automated elections

VOTE COUNTS. A vote-counting machine prints an election return during the May 2016 elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Debunking Sotto's election fraud claims

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Electoral fraud is about increasing or decreasing the votes received by a candidate such that a losing candidate is made to appear the winner. Senator Sotto has failed to show proofs such happened.

Sotto alleges more ‘irregularities’ in 2016 automated elections

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Senator Sotto invites Comelec and Smartmatic officials to present their side in a ‘full-blown’ Senate hearing

TITO SOTTO. In this file photo, Senator Vicente Sotto III gives a privilege speech at the Senate. Photo by Joseph Vidal

'Irregularities' in 2016 election server logs? Not necessarily, says I.T. expert

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:10 AM

But the Comelec and Smartmatic should still explain the concerns in Senator Vicente Sotto III's privilege speech, says PPCRV IT director William Yu

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

All aboard #PHVote in a sea of data

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

Huge volumes of data fuel a seemingly 'never-ending' coverage of Philippine elections

Linking Andy Bautista's wealth to the 2016 election results is a stretch

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:18 PM

To say that the Comelec chairman s supposed ill gotten wealth came from rigging the polls is a very poor argument born of a very poor understanding of how automated elections work

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino groups present automated poll systems, ideas in tech fair

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:55 AM

It s high time that we have a Filipino system in place for a Filipino election says the alternate chairman of the Comelec Advisory Council

PROUDLY PINOY. These are some of the homegrown technologies and ideas presented at the AES Tech Fair at Novotel Manila, Quezon City, on Wednesday, July 26. Photos by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec reviewing 6 tech options for 2019 elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Among their options are refurbishing the PCOS machines used in 2013 purchasing the VCMs leased in 2016 renting new machines or using a new system

ELECTION PREPS. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista talks about the poll body's plans at the Automated Election System Tech Fair at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec to 2016 candidates: Submit your SOCE by June 8

Jun 04, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Under the Omnibus Election Code candidates who fail to submit their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures two consecutive elections are barred from running for public office

SOCE. Comelec commissioner Luie Guia reminds candidates to submit their Statement of Contribution and Expenditure

SC denies appeal vs Brillantes over ‘spying’

May 31, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The Supreme Court says there is no evidence that ex poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr among others ‘collected information through unlawful means for an unlawful purpose’

POLL SABOTAGE? Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr questions an electoral sabotage case filed against the Comelec and other stakeholders. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

PPCRV ends 'quick count' of 2016 polls

May 18, 2016 - 5:38 PM

But the election watchdog says its manual encoding and verification of election returns is still ongoing

QUICK COUNT. The PPCRV Operations Center days before the May 9 elections. Gemma Mendoza/Rappler

Election data quash Marcos' cheating pattern claim

May 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The most useful and solid conclusions can be drawn from election data that are transparent and capable of being corroborated

'Fingerprints of election thieves' spotted in past PH polls data

May 08, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Our analysis of election results data in 2010 indicates a high probability of cheating in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur

All votes in: Lessons from 2013 poll transmission woes

May 05, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The Comelec aims to have all votes accounted for – in the hotly contested 2016 elections and the country’s 3rd automated polls

Comelec to face new Supreme Court case

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:58 PM

Mas masaya Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says in jest as watchdogs prepare to file a new case against the poll body over digital signatures

NEW CASE. Lawyer Rodolfo Reyes says election watchdogs will file a case against the Comelec next week, this time over digital signatures. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

7 ideas for Comelec: How to make the 2016 polls credible

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Poll watchdogs suggest some measures the Comelec may still take less than 2 months before the May 9 elections to make the exercise credible

VIEWS: It is absolutely wrong to disable the vote receipts

Mar 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Glenn Chong of the election watchdog AESWatch says: In automated elections the ballots are secretly read and counted inside the machine The hidden nature of automated vote counting negates transparency

ISSUE RECEIPTS? The Comelec says it has unanimously junked the proposal to print receipts from voting machines. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Comelec defends decision vs voting receipts

Feb 16, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says losing candidates might use the voting receipts as manufactured evidence of cheating

ISSUE RECEIPTS? The Comelec says it has unanimously junked the proposal to print receipts from voting machines. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Smartmatic: Rejected ballots 'no cause for alarm'

Feb 12, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Technology provider Smartmatic says the ballots used in the tests are not the same final ballots to be used on election day

TESTING BALLOTS. Comelec-deployed personnel test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in the poll body's warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Candidates hit Comelec over system glitches

Feb 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM

We should not allow sinister parties to manipulate the elections the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay says

MAJOR PROBLEMS. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces criticism after the poll body admitted major problems in the voting system. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Comelec unsure if it can hold Smartmatic accountable

Feb 11, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Downplaying delays due to system problems Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says ‘I still have 88 days my friend We still have time’

UNDER FIRE. Technology provider Smartmatic draws flak after the Comelec admitted more problems in the automated election system. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec admits more problems in voting system

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Vote counting machines reject 1 2 of ballot papers but the elections chief says the Comelec has no problems only challenges

Comelec deposits election system software in BSP vault

Jan 27, 2016 - 3:09 PM

Two more source codes – for the vote counting machines and the canvassing servers – will be deposited in escrow by the Comelec in a highly secured vault in BSP on February 9

DEPOSIT. Comelec chairman Andy Bautista (3rd from left) holds the metal box that contains the EMS software that will be deposited in escrow to BSP on Wednesday, January 27. To his right is BSP deputy governor Vicente Aquino. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Comelec sets 2 crucial meetings to ensure automated polls

Aug 04, 2015 - 6:45 PM

They will tackle with Congress the refurbishment of existing PCOS machines and the lease of 70 000 more vote counting machines

RUNNING ELECTIONS. Four members of the seven-member Comelec – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left), and Commissioners Christian Lim (1st), Rowena Guanzon, and Luie Guia – pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec rejects hybrid election system

Jul 16, 2015 - 8:21 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says teachers who act as election inspectors also reject manual elections

HYBRID ELECTIONS. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista participates in mock elections in Bacoor, Cavite, to test a proposed semi-automated election system. Photo courtesy of Mildred Que

Twin SC petitions threaten automated elections

Jul 07, 2015 - 7:51 PM

A poll watchdog says the simultaneous bidding the Comelec is doing to ensure automated elections in 2016 finds no support in law and is contrary to public policy

MAJOR CRISIS. The Supreme Court's recent ruling means that for now, the Philippines cannot use its 82,000 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines. File photo by John Javellana

How does the PH automated election system work?

May 15, 2015 - 5:20 PM

At the core of the automated election system is the election management system which sets up the automation of the polls and manages election related data

Smartmatic disqualified from major PCOS bid

May 11, 2015 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED The Comelec needs to lease 23 000 additional PCOS machines because it expects more voters in 2016 – in the face of a major crisis

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

Smartmatic contract, SC justices inhibit, Pacquiao’s tactics | The wRap

Apr 22, 2015 - 3:20 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Smartmatic contract Three SC justices inhibit in Junjun Binay’s case Two factors that will be key to Pacquiao’s victory

Aquino moves Sangguniang Kabataan polls to 2016

Mar 26, 2015 - 7:22 PM

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez says this allows the poll body to focus on preparations for the Philippine s national and local elections in May 2016

Manual poll counting? 'We'll return to Jurassic Park'

Mar 19, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Ex Comelec chief Sixto Brillantes Jr responds to the proposed reversion to the manual counting of votes – using blackboards laptops and projectors – in the upcoming elections

PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS. Filipinos cast their votes during the Philippines' second automated elections on May 13, 2013. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Smartmatic asks SC to dismiss blacklist petitions against it

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:03 PM

The Citizens for Clean and Credible Elections meanwhile seeks the deportation of Smartmatic s Cesar Flores for his questionable conduct and demeanor

AFP file photo

Poll watchdog asks SC to stop Comelec-Smartmatic deal

Feb 02, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Comelec has signed the contract with Smartmatic for the diagnostics and repair of 82 000 vote counting machines before AES Watch could file a motion with the Supreme Court

AFP file photo

Catholic schools urged to lend IT skills to Comelec

Jan 28, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Bishops also warn the poll body against bias toward any service provider in the Philippines automated elections

EASY TO RIG? Critics claim the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from Smartmatic could be 'easily tampered with.' File photo by John Javellana/Rappler File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

Brillantes: Congress should do election post-mortem

Aug 24, 2013 - 5:17 PM

The Comelec chairman also says the poll body will come out with its own full post mortem report within the next two weeks

High Court wants answers on Comelec's intel fund

Jul 16, 2013 - 8:26 PM

The Automated Election System AES Watch has alleged that election officials were spying on them for being critics of the technology used in the 2013 polls

Comelec: Poll audit shows 'accurate' PCOS

Jun 13, 2013 - 5:56 PM

An independent committee however has not finished auditing election results

NCR, 8 key cities disprove '60-30-10'

May 25, 2013 - 11:18 AM

The totals reflect the alleged ratio but individual city results mirror variations that challenge notions of a fixed cheating pattern

PLDT belies Comelec claim on transmission

May 24, 2013 - 3:08 PM

PLDT claims it was relatively easy to transmit election results from PCOS machines

What the 60-30-10 pattern really tells us

May 24, 2013 - 9:14 AM

We need to be smarter about how we look at these numbers and what we can learn from them not find ghost patterns but real patterns that tell us something about our society and our country

Michael Purugganan, Dean for Science, New York University

60-30-10? Regional votes don't support it

May 23, 2013 - 10:09 PM

Individual votes of candidates as well as aggregate votes for each slate vary from region to region But when results converge at national average they reflect the sentiment of the country favoring Team PNoy

Ex-poll exec blames Brillantes for mess

May 23, 2013 - 12:46 AM

The 2013 polls was both messy and costly claims Augusto Lagman Comelec could have done better if it heeded his suggestions he says

CF cards may have been corrupted – Brillantes

May 22, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Comelec will investigate the reason behind the damage in the CF cards

Brillantes: Replace PCOS machines for 2016 polls

May 20, 2013 - 6:41 PM

The Philippines can manufacture its own automated election system by 2016 says the poll chief

Lani Cayetano leads in Taguig, results delayed

May 14, 2013 - 7:29 AM

But lawyers of her rival Rica Tinga are questioning how certain flash cards were transmitted

Confident Cayetanos. Alan Peter, his wife and sister triumphantly raise their hands at the end of a miting de avance in their home court of Taguig. Lani Cayetano calls their last political rally a "dry run for their victory party." Photo by Rappler/Katherine Visconti