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24,000 voting machines stuck in Customs

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:08 PM

44 of the 97 000 vote counting machines needed for the May polls are in the Philippines They include the ones that the customs bureau has yet to release

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

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

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

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 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

Smartmatic closer to bagging all key election deals

Jul 30, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Critics however want the Comelec to put Venezuelan firm Smartmatic in its blacklist of election related service providers because its system is allegedly prone to cheating

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 Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Comelec fails to meet poll automation target

Jul 21, 2015 - 6:35 PM

The poll body s timeline shows a significant delay in preparations compared with the last two automated elections

PRESSED FOR TIME. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista says the first two weeks of August 2015 'would be really crucial' for the Comelec as it prepares for the elections in May 2016. File photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Poll automation faces 3rd Supreme Court petition

Jul 18, 2015 - 3:03 PM

This comes as Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista warns critics Your actions could possibly derail the elections in 2016

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

Comelec to critics: Your actions could derail polls

Jul 14, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says a crucial Supreme Court ruling will definitely decide the mode of elections for 2016

NEW HURDLE. Two separate petitions threaten the Comelec's last-known stop-gap measure to ensure automated elections. File photo by John Javellana

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

Comelec on Iqbal nephew: Focus on performance

May 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista confirms that newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

IQBAL'S NEPHEW. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas (1st from left), a nephew of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, poses with newly appointed Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (2nd) and Commissioner Luie Guia (3rd) when Bautista visited his office on May 6, 2015. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Guanzon

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

Iqbal nephew? Comelec's Abas quietly takes oath

May 07, 2015 - 7:50 PM

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal refuses to confirm or deny if newly appointed Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas is his nephew

MISSING MEMBER. Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas isn't able to join his two fellow new Comelec appointees – Chairman Andres Bautista (2nd from left) and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (3rd) – during their oath-taking in Manila. With Bautista and Guanzon, Commissioners Christian Lim (1st) and Luie Guia (4th) also pose in this photo on May 4, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Comelec eyes buying 100,000 PCOS machines

May 05, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Newly appointed Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says he is however interested to hear about a semi automated process proposed by critics of the poll body

NEW CHAIRMAN. Newly appointed Comelec chairman Andres Bautista (left) poses with Comelec commissioners Christian Lim (2nd from left) and Luie Guia (3rd from left) during Bautista's oath-taking. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Open up, Comelec chair once told 'gods of Faura'

May 05, 2015 - 11:22 AM

Years after he was nominated to become chief justice Comelec chair Andres Bautista finds himself in another office assailed for lack of transparency

NEW CHAIRMAN. Newly appointed elections chief Andres Bautista has pushed for transparency in the Supreme Court. Will he do the same in the Commission on Elections? Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC ruling may render 82,000 PCOS useless

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:10 PM

The SC s ruling thrusts the Comelec into a major crisis that might mean the Philippines will return to manual voting in election precincts

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

Poll watchdog pushes for 'laptop count' to replace PCOS

Apr 10, 2015 - 4:09 PM

Former poll commissioner Gus Lagman proposes a system where votes will be counted manually on blackboards and encoded in laptops in the voting precincts

PROPOSING TO COMELEC. Former Comelec commissioner Augusto 'Gus' Lagman (1st from right) and former Comelec chairman Christian Monsod (2nd from right) speak with Comelec commissioner Luie Tito Guia after a meeting on April 11, 2015. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Comelec heeds SC, stops repairing PCOS machines

Mar 25, 2015 - 5:52 PM

An election watchdog says the Comelec should abandon the negotiated contract with technology provider Smartmatic

SC stops repair of 82,000 PCOS machines

Mar 24, 2015 - 5:33 PM

Supreme Court justices vote 12 2 to temporarily stop the contract between the Comelec and Smartmatic for the repair of vote counting machines

PCOS DIAGNOSTICS. A Smartmatic operator conducts diagnostics tests on the precinct count optical scan machines at the Comelec warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, on Friday, March 20. Rappler video screengrab

Comelec: No manual polls despite failed PCOS bidding

Mar 05, 2015 - 8:16 PM

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez tells Rappler there s a very very slim chance the poll body can t lease additional 23 000 voting machines for 2016

Telcos: We're not to blame for 2013 transmission woes

Dec 04, 2014 - 8:27 PM

A telco official says In our system we didn t get any alarm during elections Our system was perfect Could it be the fault of Smartmatic?

AUTOMATED POLL. The Senate Committee on Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Automated Election System discussed unresolved issues in the past two automated polls. Photo from Senate PRIB

Pimentel to probe use of PCOS machines in poll fraud

Aug 07, 2014 - 8:58 PM

Citing a case in Nueva Ecija that showed a big disparity between manual count and PCOS count the senator says a new technology may have to be adopted for the 2016 polls

PROBE PCOS. Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III will look into the accuracy and integrity of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Depending on technology, 2016 polls to cost P7B to P60B

Feb 10, 2014 - 8:07 PM

Depending on which technology and machines the Comelec will choose for the 2016 elections they will cost anywhere from P6 91 billion to P60 billion

Fate of PCOS hangs in balance

Aug 24, 2013 - 9:52 AM

Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr says he will focus on the presidential elections in his last two years in office

PREPARING FOR 2016. Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr says the poll body will decide on reusing the PCOS in the next presidential elections. Photo by LeANNE Jazul.

Senate tally 'perfect' only in ARMM

Jun 28, 2013 - 3:04 PM

The election automation law requires a 99 995 overall accuracy rate for the vote counting machines The 2013 count fails to meet this

MAGUINDANAO. Voting in Maguindanao proceeds as scheduled. File photo

PCOS more accurate in 2013, audit shows

Jun 28, 2013 - 11:41 AM

The ballot counting machines however still fail to meet the mandated accuracy rate

Taguig poll transmission failure a ‘puzzle’

Jun 11, 2013 - 7:30 AM

Only a little over 40 percent of PCOS machines were able to transmit election results to the Comelec shaming the failure rate of remote provinces

SC: Can’t bar poll execs from hearing protest cases

Jun 10, 2013 - 5:33 PM

The high court dismisses petitions claiming that Comelec acted on grand scale mass deception” during the May 13 elections

Stop paying Smartmatic, critics tell Comelec

Jun 05, 2013 - 4:13 PM

Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr for his part blasts outsiders for making this plea

Election officers asked to explain transmission glitches

May 31, 2013 - 8:26 PM

The Comelec en banc gave this order last week while publicly blaming telcos for the failure of PCOS machines to transmit results to Manila

Comelec mulls 'diskettes' for stuck results

May 15, 2013 - 4:31 PM

This was not done in 2010 but may clear transmission problems this year says poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr

STORAGE SPACE. The Comelec is looking into an alternative means of transmitting results, such as storage devices.

PCOS, cards delayed in 96 precincts

May 13, 2013 - 9:11 AM

UPDATED The Comelec earlier sent these materials for repair and will arrive later on Monday

"MISSING" PCOS MACHINES SECURED. Days after being reportedly missing, the 266 PCOS machines arrive in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Photo by Rappler/John Javellana

Poll chief's biggest worry on May 13

May 10, 2013 - 7:20 PM

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr says he s confident about PCOS machines He s worried about something else

How big a dot will PCOS count?

May 10, 2013 - 5:31 PM

For the first time the Comelec discloses the accepted size of ballot shades

Finally, Comelec bares PCOS source code

May 09, 2013 - 7:38 AM

2nd UPDATE Even the Comelec chief says it s his first time to see the PCOS master blueprint

PCOS code review begins Thursday

May 08, 2013 - 8:13 PM

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr invites senatorial bet Richard Gordon who brought the source code case to the Supreme Court to the review

PCOS CODE. Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr says it's 'too late' to open the PCOS source code for a local review. File photo by John Javellana

Brillantes: PCOS can run during blackout

May 08, 2013 - 4:49 PM

PCOS machines can run even during a blackout the poll chief assures the public

Is media blowing up PCOS glitches?

May 07, 2013 - 5:43 AM

Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr blames the media for supposedly exaggerated reports on PCOS glitches

Why the Comelec FTS is not enough

May 06, 2013 - 1:44 PM

Accuracy anonymity audit scalability and speed are the 5 major characteristics of an effective automated election system

Glitches disrupt PCOS tests in some areas

May 06, 2013 - 12:42 PM

Initial reports show glitches during the final test on PCOS machines