Smartmatic declares "successful" role in two successive national elections in PHL

June 4, 2013 10:22 pm 

MANILA, June 4 — SMARTMATIC has reported that the two automated elections in the country were a success.

In its website, the country’s service provider in the 2010 national and local polls and 2013 midterm polls said that they have been part of the successful conduct of electoral exercises in the Philippines.

“Smartmatic, world leader in elections automation, provided technology and services to the Filipino Commission on Elections (Comelec), thus playing a vital role to the success of the process,” the international firm said in a statement.

The company also acknowledged the efficient e-counting machines “that captured the voters' intent, and the secure transmission of data to tallying centers, reliable and legitimate results were made available to the public via internet.”

They added that after only 10 hours when the voting precints closed on May 13, 766,672,141 votes were cast in the Philippines to elect 18,022 national and local officials during the midterm elections.

“We are proud to have reciprocated with efficiency and transparency the trust bestowed upon us by the Filipinos. After two successful national elections, thousands of candidates elected, and 1.5 billion of votes counted, our commitment toward better elections in the Philippines is stronger than ever,” said Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic.

They added that in 2010, the Philippines trusted Smartmatic to carry out the largest e-counting project to date. “Those elections were deemed a success by most experts in election administration,” the company added.

“The midterm elections represent for the Philippines another giant step towards becoming a world reference in election administration,” added Cesar Flores, President for Smartmatic Asia Pacific.

The Comelec has purchased 82,200 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to Smartmatic, that were first utilized in the 2010 polls.

Aside from the machines, Smartmatic supplied its proprietary E-Day Monitor software to empower the National Support Center (NSC).

The NSC, featured a 600-seat call center, is the country-wide headquarters mandated to render technical assistance to each component of the elections.

Meanwhile, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan slammed the statement of Smartmatic, noting that it is misleading the public on what really happened in the said elections.

“Smartmatic is trying to dupe people again through the disinformation posted on its website, it would appear that the elections in the Philippines were smooth, efficient, transparent and problem-free,” said Renato Reyes, Jr,, Bayan Secretary General.

He added, “As we have seen from our experience in 2013, there is neither transparency nor reliability with the Smartmatic system. This foreign company sold us unreliable PCOS machines.”

He noted that Smartmatic failed to mention in its website the many documented problems with their CF cards during the 2013 polls. Likewise, it failed to mention discrepancies in the electronic results and the random manual audit.

On the other hand, Reyes warned other countries pitch to exercise extreme caution and due diligence when dealing with this corporation.

“Smartmatic is now using the Philippines as a showcase for its international operations…We, thus call on the people of other countries to reject Smartmatic and its automated election technology,” he said. (PNA)



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