Joint canvass committee forms TWG to check compact flash cards

May 27, 2010 8:36 pm 

MANILA, May 27 – To save time, the joint congressional canvass committee agreed on Thursday to just form a technical working group (TWG) that would examine the genuineness of compact flash cards used in the country’s first computerized elections last May 10.

The TWG will be composed of experts from both the House of Representatives and the Senate as well as from Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The technical body will scrutinize the questionable flash cards simultaneously with the vote count by the national board of canvassers. There are over 76,000 flash cards used in the elections.

For the last three days, the 18-man panel has been conducting preliminary inquiries on the automated elections and the authenticity of the electronically-transmitted certificates of canvass (COCs).

“Without sacrificing accuracy, this chair suggested a method that I hope will attain both the functions of canvassing and at the same time enable us to determine whether there was tampering of votes cast,” Enrile said.

Despite delay in determining the authenticity of the poll results, Senator Edgardo Angara sees the proclamation of next president and vice president by June 15.

”My educated guess is that we’ll be going to have the proclamation not later than mid-June, which means June 15,” Angara said.

Angara, a panel member, said procedural squabble should be avoided, saying “I think it’s time to move forward.”

”We need a technical body that can assess the technological and factual aspects working side by side with the national canvassing board. It’s not unlike the trial court appointing a board to assess the complex, factual issues. That’s what we should do. I don’t think that would be negated by any political issue,” Angara added.

The joint canvass committee still debated whether to start the canvassing of votes starting with the overseas absentee voting results which mostly done manually. Only Hong Kong and Singapore used computerized elections. (PNA)

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