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Comelec transparency server ends unofficial count

May 22, 2019 - 12:22 PM

With 98.42% of all expected precinct-level results received, the Comelec ends transparency server operations at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center

TRANSPARENCY SERVER EXIT. Comelec Director Teopisto Elnas Jr, project lead for the transparency server operations, assures accredited groups that there will be a third-party audit of the entire system.

[EXPLAINER] Transmission glitches don't necessarily mean electoral fraud

May 18, 2019 - 7:00 PM

All baseless accusations that can erode the people’s trust and confidence in the results, in Comelec, and in the election system as a whole would not only be irresponsible, but dangerous

Was transmission of 2019 PH election results better or worse?

May 15, 2019 - 12:39 PM

A more transparent system is clearly needed. It is only through more transparency that the Comelec can dispel doubts about the process.

POLL CLOSING. Board of Election canvassers print election returns as the poll closes in Araullo High School, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

After 7-hour glitch, Comelec transparency server sends results again

May 14, 2019 - 2:26 AM

Media and watchdog groups witness the fixes made by Smartmatic after Comelec granted it access to the transparency server

Comelec transparency server stops sending results to media, watchdogs

May 13, 2019 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Media groups, watchdogs, and political parties with access to the transparency server are originally expected to receive unofficial vote counts at intervals of around 10-15 minutes

VCM CHECKS. New VCM for the precinct of reelectionist Mayor Abby Binay works. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'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

Marcos to appeal dismissal of complaint over hash code issue

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez says the Manila City Prosecutor s Office downplayed the admissions on the unauthorized change in the election server

COMELEC COMPLAINT. Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos' legal counsel Amor Amorado and campaign advisor Jonathan dela Cruz when they filed a complaint before the Commission on Elections last May. Rappler file photo

Prosecutor junks complaint vs Comelec, Smartmatic over hash code

Nov 02, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED The criminal complaint related to the change of a special character in the transparency server during the 2016 polls is dismissed for lack of merit and insufficiency of evidence

COMPLAINT. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, represented by Abakada party list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz (L) files a complaint against Comelec and Smartmatic officials at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office on May 24, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Clinton 'pleased' to speak with FBI in email probe

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED But US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton refuses to speculate on the possible conclusions of the FBI investigation

epa05404830 (FILE) A file picture dated 27 June 2016 shows US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivering a keynote speech at the International Women's Luncheon at the 50th Rainbow PUSH Coalition convention at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has met on 02 July 2016, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to answer questions about her use of a private e-mail server for official business while serving as US Secretary of State, media reported on 03 July 2016. Clinton gave a voluntary interview about her e-mail arrangements while she was secretary, her spokesman Nick Merrill said in a brief statement about the meeting, which Clinton's campaign said lasted around three and a half hours at the FBI's headquarters in Washington, DC, media added. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Marcos camp: Election server tweaked not once but twice

Jun 15, 2016 - 4:31 PM

This is is the camp’s fourth allegation of irregularity in the transmission of votes through the Commission on Election servers

RESPONSE. Comelec is set to probe on the criminal case filed by Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr's camp against Smartmatic officials. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Undervoting in 2016 VP election: Will it help Marcos' case?

Jun 10, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Historically the behavior of voters with regard to undervoting has been essentially the same in the last two presidential polls PPCRV information technology director William Yu says

Marcos photo by Mark Cristino/EPA. Robredo and voter photos by Rappler

Marcos camp: Smartmatic, Comelec personnel violated cybercrime law

May 24, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The Marcos camp bases its complaint on the move of Smartmatic and Comelec personnel to intentionally alter the script in the transparency server without prior authorization from the Comelec en banc

COMPLAINT. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, represented by Abakaba party list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz files a complaint against Smartmatic at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office on May 24, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Audit of vice presidential votes? Here are the hurdles

May 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Should the Comelec grant the request for a special audit the Marcos camp can use it to delay and block some returns from being canvassed in Congress

Transparency server unofficial count ends with 96.14%

May 18, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Despite controversy over the mismatched results file hash real time transmission of results for this year s elections is a relative success compared with the first 2 elections under the automated system

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

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.

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

EXPLAINER: What Marcos Jr should do to prove election fraud

May 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

If Mr Marcos seriously wants to know the truth the truth is just sitting on his lap His team surely has copies of the election returns printed at the precincts

BONGBONG IS THEIR VP. Supporters raise a poster of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr during his final campaign rally in Mandaluyong City on May 7, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

More than 100 precincts report 100% voter turnout

May 12, 2016 - 1:57 PM

While a 100 turnout in certain precincts may show increased diligence in fulfilling civic duties experts view it with suspicion a possible indicator of poll cheating

INDIGENOUS VOTE. Filipino Igor Nikolai Cawed (L), member of an Igorot Tribe, casts his vote inside a polling center in the mountainous village of Baguio City, Philippines, 09 May 2016. Over 54 million eligible Filipinos vote for a new President, Vice President, 12 senators and more than 18,000 regional and local positions. EPA/STR

Comelec server hash codes altered, then Robredo votes surged – Marcos camp

May 11, 2016 - 6:04 PM

Despite airing its suspicion to the public Marcos camp is still uncertain whether the alleged new codes in fact altered the count

ALLEGATION. Francesca Huang of Ferdinan Marcos Jr' legal team explains the information they received about a new command introduced to the Transparency Server of the Comelec on May 9, 2016, the night of the elections. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Signs of cheating? Unusually high voter turnouts in 2010, 2013

Apr 26, 2016 - 2:06 PM

These incidents from previous elections highlight the need for vigilance in precincts and polling places and a cleaner voters list poll watchdogs say

Microsoft: SQL Server 2005 ends support on April 12

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:50 PM

This means there will be no further security updates increasing the likelihood of added costs to maintain legacy servers against interruptions and intrusions

END OF SUPPORT. Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 Logo. Image from

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

Lenovo to buy IBM's low-end server business for $2.3-B

Jan 23, 2014 - 8:35 PM

The deal comes after Lenovo s purchase of IBM s PC business in 2005

Lenovo purchases IBM's low-end server business. Photo from Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Lenovo/AFP

Syrian Electronic Army alters data on news sites, Twitter

Aug 28, 2013 - 7:57 AM

At least three sites were reportedly hit by the Syrian Electronic Army having their registry account details and DNS records changed

SYRIAN ELECTRONIC ARMY. The Syrian electronic Army has reportedly altered the WHOIS and DNS data for a number of sites.

Google Apps experiencing disruptions

Jul 11, 2013 - 12:37 PM

UPDATED 2:44 pm A host of Google services look to be having issues at the moment

High-tech vote watching: Going beyond 60-30-10

May 28, 2013 - 12:43 PM

The data are available – concerned citizens watchdogs IT professionals should study them break down the numbers And monitor PPCRV s random manual audit

Gemma B. Mendoza

'Heavy traffic' blamed for transmission woes

May 23, 2013 - 4:16 PM

The poll chief says almost a fourth of PCOS machines suffered transmission problems

Uncanvassed votes down to 3 million

May 18, 2013 - 12:22 AM

UPDATED Official canvass which includes the top 10 vote rich provinces finally overtakes the count of Comelec’s Transparency Server

FINAL SAY. The Comelec, sitting as the national board of canvassers, will finalize the tally for senatorial and party-list results. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Rappler Newscast | May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013 - 10:50 PM

6 candidates are proclaimed as senators Nancy Binay skips proclamation event Comelec stops publication of election results from Transparency Server

5,300 PCOS machines transmit data days after polls

May 16, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Data from the Comelec Rappler Mirror Server show that quite a number of precinct count optical scan PCOS machines were able to transmit votes only 3 days after elections

UNA's petition to defer senatorial proclamation

May 16, 2013 - 12:04 PM

Read UNA s petition filed with the National Board of Canavssers to defer the proclamation of senatorial candidates

FINAL SAY. The Comelec, sitting as the national board of canvassers, will finalize the tally for senatorial and party-list results. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Comelec to stop 'transparency' count

May 16, 2013 - 11:17 AM

4th UPDATE Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr says this will take effect once the national board of canvassers starts proclaiming the winning senators

'BIGGEST WORRY.' Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr says he's worried about something else other than the PCOS. File photo by John Javellana

Comelec junks UNA plea vs proclamation

May 16, 2013 - 11:13 AM

3rd UPDATE The Comelec will push through with proclaiming senators Thursday evening

FINAL SAY. The Comelec, sitting as the national board of canvassers, will finalize the tally for senatorial and party-list results. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

PPCRV blames 'scripting error' for bloated initial count

May 13, 2013 - 11:29 PM

PPCRV now says it s aligned with the Comelec s Transparency Server

CITIZENS' ARM. Voters' education is one of the roles of PPCRV as Comelec's citizens' arm. Photo by Francis Robert Bonifacio/PPCRV

Rappler mirror server: Real-time results for TV stations, Namfrel

May 12, 2013 - 12:33 PM

ABS CBN GMA7 TV5 Solar News Network and Namfrel will get their election results data electronically via the Rappler Mirror Server

Comelec signs deal with Rappler

Mar 21, 2013 - 7:12 PM

The Comelec gives Rappler access to real time data on the results of the May 2013 elections

Comelec OKs Rappler poll server

Mar 20, 2013 - 8:14 PM

The Comelec cites the potential of Rappler s Mood Meter Mood Navigator and mapping tools