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Report on New York's Dominion / Smartmatic / Sequoia / Diebold Voting System -- from the Philippines
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Edited on Thu Jul-01-10 02:50 PM by Bill Bored

IT Experts Praise Citizens Election Monitoring, Call for Filing of Cases vs. Comelec, Smartmatic
Published on June 30, 2010


MANILA The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-TIM have been bragging that the May 10 was a success and was peaceful and orderly.

But for the Computer Professionals Union (CPU) it was frustrating.


Based on their monitoring, the top five problems that occurred during the elections were: malfunctioned machines, delay in voting, the machines failed to boot, missing election equipment and disenfranchisement. According to them, these reports can be used to push for reforms in the election system as well as evidence in taking legal actions against the Comelec and Smartmatic.


There is a big gap between the law and the way the automated election system was implemented, a study by the De La Salle Universitys College of Computer Studies revealed. The study further said that the Comelec disregarded transparency and participation which are essential elements of a credible election.

The whole election process was outsourced by the government, was the P11 billion ($ 237,375,917) investment worth it? asked Prof. Allan Bora of DLSU College of Computer Studies.

Bora said the investment is not worth it when there is no way to check if there is massive cheating that happened during the elections. Other equipment such as UV lamps and secrecy folders were not also used during the elections. The automated election system was a cash cow, Bora said. /

Sounds more than vaguely familiar to me.
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