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May 14, 2019

7 WAYS COMELEC MADE YOUR VOTE *NOT* COUNT

Yesterday, Filipino citizens flocked to polling places to cast their votes. But were the votes honestly and accurately counted? Did our votes count?!

Last night, the Transparency Server stopped working for 7 hours. Was it to catch up with backend “dagdag bawas”, “hocus pcos” the Smartmagic way? Once again James Jimenez put on his stoic face and incredulously told put people not to worry, the votes were still coming in.

Comelec must really think that we Filipinos are stupid.

7 Ways the Comelec Made Sure Your Vote Did NOT Count:

7: TAMPERED BALLOT BOXES

Some of the boxes containing the official ballots had broken/tampered seals when they arrived at the polling places during the first week of May.

 

 


6: NAMFREL DENIED DATA

Second week of May, NAMFREL or National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections backs out from its accreditation as the lead convenor of the random manual audit. According to Namfrel, Comelec refused to grant its request to be provided the open election data, which would primarily show election results in polling precincts. Why did Comelec refuse to give out copies of logs to accredited 3rd party groups when it could help dispel suspicions of electoral fraud?


5: CORRUPT SD CARDS

Two days before May 13 Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez announces that 500 Secure Digital (SD) cards were found to be corrupted during the final testing and sealing of the VCM. On the day itself, Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon said that 1,000 SD cards were found to be defective because it came from a new supplier who submitted the lowest bid. Compare this to the 2016 Presidential elections where only 120 SD cards were found to be defective on the election day itself. Wasn’t Comelec supposed to check these SD cards at least a week before elections?


4: RECEIPTS DID NOT REFLECT THE VOTE

There were reports of voters complaining that their ballot receipts showed people they didn’t vote for (eg: voted for Jiggy Manicad but Imee Marcos’ name showed up instead).


And missing or non working pens.


3: DEFECTIVE MACHINES

400 – 600 VCMs [vote counting machines] had to be replaced as of Monday, May 13, 2pm compared to last election wherein only 188 VCMs were replaced. Didn’t they do a QA on the machines before election day?


2: VERIFICATION MACHINES NOT WORKING

The voter registration verification machine (VRVM) wasn’t working in some of the pilot testing areas. In some areas it stopped working after a few hours. It was supposed to make your name easier to search and verify when voting. It was supposed to discourage flying voters. How much did they waste on this useless gadget?

 

 

 


1: THE TRANSPARENCY SERVER THAT WAS NOT TRANSPARENT

The polls were open from 6am – 6pm. Twenty three minutes after the precincts closed only 0.38% was transmitted. An hour later, they said they were running into some technical issues. According to James Jimenez, the problem was not the Transparency Server. It continues to receive transmissions. It’s the tally software that wasn’t working. Since there was no tally, no reports were sent to the press. This prompted them to open the transparency server’s error logs to find out what really happened. After 2 more hours they said that they had to restart the app because it hung. They restarted the application but it still didn’t work. They were only able to release the second batch of results around 2am, more than 7 hours after the polls closed. During the 2016 presidential elections they claimed that they had to fix an “ñ” issue. Now it is this.

 

 

At this rate, can we still trust the election results?

But what can we do?

 

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