Watchdogs file complaint vs PH over automated polls

Posted at May 04 2013 10:40 AM | Updated as of May 04 2013 06:40 PM

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MANILA, Philippines -- Several civil society groups, poll watchdogs and concerned citizens filed a complaint against the government before the United Nations Human Rights Committee for allegedly violating Filipinos' right to vote.

The groups cited what they see as the lack of transparency in the automated elections, adding that the source code for the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines has not been reviewed.

The groups also believe votes have been compromised because a foreign firm, Smartmatic, was given control of the technical aspects of the polls.

They hope a decision on the case will prevent the use of PCOS machines in the 2016 presidential elections.

But for now, they are calling for a parallel manual count, an appeal Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes already rejected.

Brillantes, meanwhile, dismisses the complaint as a publicity stunt.

ANC Headlines, May 4, 2013