SC to Comelec: Respond to suit vs Smartmatic officials

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 08 2016 03:06 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to respond to a petition that seeks the prosecution of officials and personnel of Smartmatic who "tampered" with the automated election system (AES) used in the recently concluded May polls.

During Tuesday's en banc session, the high court acted to order Comelec to file its comment, within a period of 10 days, on the petition filed by Atty. Eduardo Bringas, Bishop Reuben Abante and Moses Rivera.

The petition alleged that transmitted election results showed discrepancies and abrupt fall of votes in the two top races after the "tampering" of the script in the Comelec transparency server at Pope Pius Catholic Center in Manila, specifically on May 9, 2016 at 7:25 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:05 p.m., and 8:25 p.m.

Petitioners noted that Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo "suddenly upsurged and led [Senator Bongbong Marcos] by as much as 200,000 votes after the alteration."

Fearing possible fraud, petitioners also asked the high court to grant the public access to the source code and hash codes of the AES; provide the final report of the Random Manual Audit (RMA) on 715 precincts; require a media network (GMA-7) to provide all the published election results and the raw data received from the transparency server; and compel the poll body "to provide the complete data of the updates of the elections for the position of the president and vice president from the time the votes were transmitted on May 9, 2016 up to the time before the actual canvassing of Congress in the same sequential order of updates received by the network, indicating the places where the votes came per update result."

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