Comelec asked: Release relevant documents before making assessment on the conduct of the May 10 automated polls

June 13, 2010 11:17 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio ‏

MANILA, June 13 — The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) is calling on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to release some relevant documents before any assessment on the conduct of the May 10 automated polls is made.

The group pointed out that there is a need for the disclosure of information related to the implementation of the first-ever nationwide automated elections in the country.

“An objective study can only be done if pertinent data and information, relevant to the study at hand, shall be accessible and available to researchers and scholars, so that a no-nonsense body of knowledge can be developed in the interest of public service and good governance,” CenPEG said.

Among the documents being asked are the source code of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, source code of the walk-through plan, file formats of all data files used or produced by the PCOS program, public keys used by all the PCOS computers, user manual of the PCOS program, and the Smartmatic-Comelec contract complete with annexes.

Likewise, CenPEG is seeking for the finance and budget plan of the AES-Smartmatic, copy of the Smartmatic Voters’ Education contract, contract between Smartmatic and the Dominion Voting Systems, contract on transmission and deployment plan of the transmission facilities, and report on the PCOS transmission on May 10 and thereafter.

The group also wants to get the report on the customization, old ballot faces (national and local) matching the faulty compact flash (CF) cards, new ballot faces (national and local) actually used for the May 10 elections, report on the training of Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and technicians, inventory of CF cards used in the final testing and sealing, and the reconfigured CF cards.

“Various stakeholders (need) to help find answers to many questions that affect the credibility of the elections, especially with regard to some unusual incidences occurring with the PCOS machines of the Smartmatic-propelled automated system,” they said.

Last week, officials of the poll body said they are going to form a multinational committee that would “independently” evaluate on how the first nationwide automated polls in the country fared. (PNA) scs/FGP/rsm

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