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Inquirer.net – Was there tampering and manipulation?

By Solita Collas-Monsod | Inquirer.net Is it possible that there was tampering in the 2019 elections and manipulation of the results? I asked a couple of IT experts. The answer

The Manila Times – Election contract violated by National Printing Office

By William Depasupil | The Manila Times Comelec halts payment of P1.4B due agency, three others THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will withhold some P1.4 billion due to suppliers, including

Inquirer.net – Congress to probe glitches

By Jovic Yee, Marlon Ramos | Inquirer.net MANILA, Philippines — The Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to investigate the technical glitches and other problems that bugged the

The Manila Times – Comelec told to look into new ways, better systems

By Catherine A. Modesto | The Manila Times Election officials should consider overhauling procurement procedures and even the voting system itself given glitches that marred the May 13 polls, a

Daily Tribune – Time to junk automated polls

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares | Daily Tribune The Liberal Party’s Otso Diretso candidates must have known beforehand that they had no chance at all to win Senate seats in the 2019

The Philippine Star – Namfrel to Comelec: Transmit 1 million votes

By Elizabeth Marcelo | The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — Poll watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) has called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) “to exert all

Daily Tribune – When silence is not golden

By Salma Rasul | Daily Tribune On 13 May 2019, designated public schools served as polling precincts opened their doors at 6 a.m. and closed by 6 p.m. The much-hyped

The Philippine Star – Comelec willing to open transparency server logs

By Evelyn Macairan, Sheila Crisostomo |The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is willing to open the logs of the transparency server at the Parish Pastoral

Manila Bulletin – Comelec unsure it will use same equipment in next elections

By Jeffrey Damicog | Manila Bulletin Due to the number of vote counting machines (VCM) breaking down during the recently concluded May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec)

ABS-CBN News – Poll watchdog: ‘Meet-me rooms’ with undeclared servers used in elections

By ABS-CBN News As early as the 2016 elections, a “meet-me room” infrastructure was already in place, hosting some undeclared queuing servers, according to an election watchdog group. Nelson Celis,

The Manila Times – The election results data outage

By Lito Averia | The Manila Times THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has been enamored with the automated election system (AES), viewing it as a silver bullet solution against the

The Manila Times – ‘WE OFFER NO EXCUSES’ Comelec to probe glitches

By William Depasupil | The Manila Times Defective counting machines and other problems that marred the otherwise successful midterm polls will be investigated, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on

Inquirer.net – Comelec blames ‘bottleneck’ for 7-hour server delay

By Jovic Yee, Leila B. Salaverria and Tina G. Santos | Inquirer.net MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) offered on Tuesday an explanation for the glitches in the

Manila Standard – Poll machines malfunction: Koko seeks probe

By Joel E. Zurbano | Manila Standard Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on Tuesday called for a congressional inquiry into reported vote counting machine glitches that caused delays during Monday’s midterm

Manila Bulletin – Random Manual Audit of poll results on today

By Manila Bulletin The Commission on Elections (Comelec) starts today the Random Manual Audit (RMA), a process required by the law to assure that the Vote Counting Machines used in

Manila Standard – Practice makes imperfect

By Manila Standard Practice makes perfect—except, it seems, for the Commission on Elections and its technology partner Smartmatic. In fact, based on Monday’s automated elections—the country’s fourth since 2010—things are

One News – Supreme Court orders Comelec, Smartmatic to comment on petition seeking to lift ban on digicams and phones in polling precincts

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Manila Standard – Compromise or compromised?

By Emil Jurado | Manila Standard “What is the real reason behind Namfrel’s move?” The Commission on Elections has recently been under fire amide news that the National Movement for

News5 – Ballot delivery controversy

By Pat Mangune | News5 Posibleng natagtag lang sa biyahe kaya napunit ang sticker sa pinto ng truck na naghatid ng mga balota sa Pasig at Maynila ayon sa Comelec.

Manila Standard – Namfrel pulls out of watchdog duty; opposition wary

By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard Opposition senatorial candidates on Sunday expressed concern over the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections’ decision to withdraw its accreditation as the citizens’ arm