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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

Inquirer.net – Namfrel withdraws as poll partner

By John Marwin Elao, Jovic Yee, Krixia Subingsubing | Inquirer.net The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) on Friday announced it was withdrawing as an accredited watchdog for this

The Manila Times – May 13 election is a battle for the nation’s future

By Yen Makabenta | The Manila Times First word DON’T be deceived by the lack of drama and intensity in the ongoing election campaign. The May 13 midterm election is

The Philippine Star – Compel Comelec to obey election law, SC asked

By Jarius Bondoc | The Philippine Star Voters are entitled to a verifiable paper audit trail. The Election Automation Law says so. The Supreme Court has ordered its enforcement. Yet

The Manila Times – What voters don’t know

By Lito Averia | The Manila Times IS the saying “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” true? Many Filipinos are blissfully unaware of the internal workings of computer systems,

Rappler – FALSE: ‘PET recount done,’ Bongbong Marcos defeated

By Glenda Marie Castro | Rappler The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal, has not yet declared the official results of the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest case CLAIM: Facebook

Business World – System reviewers: AES tough to hack, but Comelec still has to keep close watch

By Gillian M. Cortez | Business World INDIVIDUALS WHO took part in reviewing the automated election system (AES) that will be used for the midterm elections in May assure its

Manila Bulletin – Smartmatic will have no role in conduct of May 13 midterm elections – Comelec

By Leslie Aquino | Manila Bulletin Unlike in the past elections, technology provider Smartmatic International will have minimal participation in the May 13 midterm polls. In a press briefing, Commission