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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

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

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

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

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

Marcos burial, NAIAX, Bolt | 6PM wRap

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:48 PM

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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: 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

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/Rappler.com

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

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

Soccsksargen: Defective VCMs, erroneous ballots mar voting

May 09, 2016 - 1:00 PM

A number of precincts encountered technical glitches with the VCMs but they were mostly manageable says Comelec regional director Francisco Pobe

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

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

Roxas spokesman: 'We will win this the honest way'

May 09, 2016 - 1:12 AM

Edwin Lacierda urges the public to report to Comelec alleged incidents of vote counting machines wrongly crediting votes to Mar Roxas

LIBERAL PARTY. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Mar Roxas' campaign spokesperson Barry Gutierrez talk about the issues that the Liberal Party faces a day before elections. Rappler screengrab, screengrab from Twitter/dawende

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

Security and crowd control measures up at Duterte's precinct

May 07, 2016 - 7:30 AM

A Davao City police spokesperson calls for vigilance but says security is not an issue in Davao

ELEVATED SECURITY. A Davao City Police Office spokesperson says security will not be complacent in the home precinct of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte. File photo/Rappler

Comelec regional chief: VCMs in Central Visayas accurate

May 07, 2016 - 12:52 AM

Comelec Region 7 director Jose Nick Mendros denies rumors that voting receipts in his region are inaccurate

NO PROBLEMS. Machines in the Guadalupe precinct in Cebu City were tested and functioning properly. Photo by Richale Cabauatan/Rappler

VCMs tested and sealed nationwide

May 06, 2016 - 9:36 PM

From Bacolod City to Tawi Tawi citizens participate in the testing and sealing of vote counting machines

VALIDATION. Eager voters from Negros Occidental test the vote counting machine in preparation for election day. Photo by Aldrin Casinas / Rappler

WATCH: Guide for teachers on duty on election day

May 05, 2016 - 6:57 PM

This is a step by step guide based on Comelec guidelines for teachers serving as members of the Board of Election Inspectors BEI on May 9

Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

How to prevent cheating with the vote-counting machines

May 04, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Know the weak features of this animal called the VCM that the unscrupulous might exploit on election day

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

Comelec tests voting machines one last time

May 02, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says the poll body is more prepared for the 2016 elections compared to the Philippines first two automated polls

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

Comelec targets 90% vote transmission for 2016 polls

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Smartmatic s Karen Jimeno says even if the transmission rate isn’t 100 no vote is disregarded

Bacolod '100% ready' for polls as VCMs arrive

Apr 29, 2016 - 2:53 PM

Some 800 out of the 2 556 vote counting machines for Negros Occidental have been successfully transferred

ELECTION READY. Photo by Claudia Gancayco/ Rappler

10% of machines in overseas absentee voting 'defective'

Apr 28, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The Comelec presses Smartmatic on why 13 out of 130 vote counting machines have malfunctioned during overseas absentee voting

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

Angeles City teachers: 'We're prepared for May 9 polls but...'

Apr 27, 2016 - 3:13 PM

The problem may be the voters who aren’t familiar with the process especially with the issuing of the receipts says a teacher who will man the polls in the city

ELECTION-READY. Teachers from Angeles City, Pampanga undergo a training by the Commission on Elections. Photo courtesy of Nestor De Guzman

Comelec ballot rule may rob voters of right to vote

Apr 16, 2016 - 8:59 PM

The most senior Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim disagrees with the new ballot rule hinting it can also be used for cheating

NEW RULE. The Commission on Elections allows voters to get replacement ballots if the vote-counting machine rejects their ballots and it's not their fault. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Can Comelec sue voters over 'frivolous' objections?

Apr 15, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Voters with frivolous objections can go to jail Comelec says But an ex poll commissioner asks What defines a frivolous suit?

NEW RULES. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista says voters with 'frivolous objections' could be liable for perjury. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Smartmatic donates paper for voting receipts

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:31 PM

While the Comelec accepts this donation Commissioner Rowena Guanzon asserts it is graft to accept 1 1 million rolls of thermal paper from Smartmatic

THERMAL PAPER. The paper to be used in voting receipts (in photo) will be donated by technology provider Smartmatic. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Overseas voting: 4 poll machines malfunction

Apr 11, 2016 - 6:08 PM

UPDATED Commissioner Arthur Lim says the malfunctioning machines present a minor problem These machines represent only 3 of the 134 vote counting machines deployed overseas

BACK IN WAREHOUSE. Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim says 4 vote-counting machines, which had initially been deployed overseas, will be brought back to this warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, after malfunctioning. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Poll warehouse workers protest unpaid wages

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Some workers at the Comelec warehouse ‘refused to work’ until they got their salaries on April 1 Smartmatic’s Karen Jimeno says

COMELEC WAREHOUSE. The Comelec's 5-hectare complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna, is the storage facility for the 97,000 vote-counting machines needed in the May 9 elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Wrong votes? Comelec to 'note' receipt objections

Apr 01, 2016 - 5:18 PM

For the first time Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim explains the changes in the voting process after the SC ordered the printing of voting receipts

NEW PROCEDURES. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says election inspectors will 'note' objections based on voting receipts on election day. File courtesy of Comelec EID

Comelec taps NBI to investigate data leak

Mar 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The Comelec website remains inaccessible as of Tuesday evening after hackers defaced it

COMELEC DEMO. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez shows the use of vote-counting machines on January 25, 2016, before members of the media and election watchdogs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Comelec: We can protect votes despite hacking

Mar 28, 2016 - 2:02 PM

The Comelec says the security for its website is not as tight compared to the voting process that it really needs to secure come hell or high water

'SYSTEM SECURE.' Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez shows the security features of vote-counting machines before journalists and election watchdogs at the Pope Piux XII Catholic Center in Manila on January 25. 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pakistan blast, Comelec site hacked, Diwata-1 | 12PM wRap

Mar 28, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Comelec website hacked a month before polls

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:56 PM

UPDATED The hackers group Anonymous Philippines wants the Comelec to implement the security features of vote counting machines in the May 9 polls