Comelec urged to junk Smartmatic PCOS machines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2014 10:08 PM | Updated as of Jun 05 2014 07:24 AM

MANILA - Election watchdogs are calling on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to junk the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines of Smartmatic and not use these in the 2016 polls.

Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) spokesperson Nelson Celis and TransparentElections.org's Maricor Akol told ANC's "Beyond Politics" that Smartmatic's PCOS machines failed to comply with the poll automation law.

"We already knew from the very start in 2010 and 2013, the systems that were implemented by Smartmatic did not comply with the law, like the source code review, the digital signatures, the voters validation paper, audit trail, the electronic transmission," Celis said.

Celis said the AES Watch is firm in its stand to junk the PCOS machines of Smartmatic.

"If we choose the technology of the PCOS, we must be sure that there is an end-to-end transmission... As TransparentElections.org, we do not like this technology because it's not transparent," Akol added.

Celis and Akol maintained that the Comelec must choose a system or machine that will ensure the smooth electronic transmission of election results.

They said the poll body should let go of the Smartmatic PCOS machines and consider a combination of manual and automated voting.

"Hybrid, it could be a combination of manual and automated. Manual is the mano-mano just like the conventional thing that we were doing in the past, and then the transmission is electronic... So in that regard, it's very very transparent because the public would see. Voting is manual, then counting is manual," Celis said. - ANC