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Peoples Choice Voters Education Kit 2010

Peoples Choice Voters Education Kit 2010

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An overview of the Automated Election System, "Election Facts and Figures", "The People's Criteria" vis a vis the nation's situation, and "Where the Presidentiables Stand" (a matrix of the 9 presidential candidates' views vis a vis The People's Criteria). Whatever happens, elections must be a venue for raising the awareness of the people about their democratic rights and the kinds of leaders that they should have and deserve. This kind of awareness can be the starting point
of struggling for these rights even after the May 2010 elections.

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An overview of the Automated Election System, "Election Facts and Figures", "The People's Criteria" vis a vis the nation's situation, and "Where the Presidentiables Stand" (a matrix of the 9 presidential candidates' views vis a vis The People's Criteria). Whatever happens, elections must be a venue for raising the awareness of the people about their democratic rights and the kinds of leaders that they should have and deserve. This kind of awareness can be the starting point
of struggling for these rights even after the May 2010 elections.

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IBON Foundation | PAGBABAGO! People’s Movement for Change
 
VOTERS’ EDUCATION KIT ON THE MAY 2010 ELECTIONS
The People’s Choice
he overwhelming majority of Filipinos suffer chronic poverty and backwardness. Thelast nine years of the Arroyo administration have only seen their situation become evenworse. Many are hoping that the May 2010 elections will be a fresh start and that newleadership will address their plight.
Yet the elections can only usher in the needed reforms if the people are able to choose nationaland local leaders who are genuinely pro-people, patriotic and democratic. The country’s problems arehuge and demand committed leaders willing to challenge long-standing monopolies of economic andpolitical power. The people have to be critical to see if such leaders are at hand.Elections can be used to put real progressives into government but the reality for now is thatthey are going to be a minority at best. At the end of the day their strength will come from beingpart of a larger effort to build democracy based on people organizingfor their democratic rights.Whatever happens, elections must be a venue for raisingthe awareness of the people about their democratic rightsand the kinds of leaders that they should have and de-serve. This kind of awareness can be the starting pointof struggling for these rights even after the May 2010elections.
 
The People’s Choice: The May 2010 Elections and the People’s Criteria 
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Elections and ambition
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
 
(Congressional seat, Pampanga)
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermit
 
(Congressional seat, Batangas)
Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera 
(Congressional seat, Quezon)
 
Secretary Hermogenes Esperon
 
of the Presidential Management Staff (Congressional seat, Pangasinan)
Secretary Augusto Syjuco
 
of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Congressional seat, Iloilo)
Budget S
 
ecretary Rolando Andaya 
(Congressional seat, Camarines Sur)
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap
 
(Congressional seat, Bohol)
Secretary Raul Gonzalez
 
, chief presidential legal counsel (Mayor, Iloilo City)
Secretary Edgar Pamintuan
 
of the Luzon Urban Beltway (Mayor, Angeles City)
 
resident Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies ap-pear to be using the May 2010 elections to remainin power. They are maneuvering to take nationaland local positions in the next administration. Itis also likely that there will be renewed efforts at charterchange that, among others, includes a shift to a parliamen-tary system that allows former president Arroyo to becomeprime minister.For now there are even fears that the elections may fail
due to problems with automation, intensied violence, and
massive fraud. Scenarios of emergency rule, some kind ofmartial law and of a “transition government” have also
already been oated. All these are symptoms of Philippine
politics driven by ambition rather than democratic gover-nance and service to the people.
 Arroyo administration officialsrunning in May 2010
 
IBON Foundation | PAGBABAGO! People’s Movement for Change
3
The promise and perilsof automated elections
Facts and gures on the Automated Election System from the Center for People Empowermentin Governance (CenPEG) and the Computer Professionals’ Union (CPU)
The Automated Election Sys-tem (AES) promises moderndemocratic elections in thecountry with quicker countingthat eliminates the conditionsfor wholesale cheating throughthe notorious
dagdag-bawas.
P7.2 billion
Smartmatic-TIM contract
82,200
Precinct Count Optical Scan(PCOS) machines
1,671
unique ballots
W
hat is ‘automated’from the old manualsystem?
n
Voting remains manual, withvoters writing their names and
lling up ballots by hand
n
But vote-counting from theballots is computerized, withPCOS machines counting andrecording votes at the precinctlevel
n
Canvassing is also computer-ized, with recorded votes fromprecincts sent via Internet toservers for consolidation at mu-nicipal, provincial and nationallevels
1
Pre-election process
n
Inadequate testing of machines
in actual eld conditions
n
No real source code review
n
No plan for verifying programactually installed in the 82,200PCOS machines
n
Manipulation of lists of voters,candidates lists and precincts/clus-tered precincts
n
Possible printing of excess bal-lots to be used for cheating
n
Security concerns in storage,packing and delivery of ballots aswell as in deployment and testing/sealing of PCOS machines
3
Vulnerabilities fromcanvassing to proclamation
n
Possible failure to generate orprint election returns (ERs)
n
Automated
dagdag-bawas
incanvassing of ERs, statements of
votes, certicates of canvass
n
ERs can be digitally signed andencrypted by BEIs and also otherswho know their passwords, creatingthe possibility of changing ERs; SOVsand COCs can be similarly altered
n
Security concerns regarding theservers consolidating votes
n
Power failure and/or communi-cations breakdown
n
Unclear procedures in case of
conicting results, connectivity or
transmission problems, hardware orsoftware failure, and in adjudicat-ing electoral protests in an auto-mated election
2
Election day votingvulnerabilities
n
Manipulation of results through
compact ash (CF) cards used tocongure each PCOS machine
n
Confusion from using a new,unfamiliar and more complicatedsystem than in manual elections –ex. possible problems with variouselection paraphernalia
n
Smartmatic-TIM generates andhence knows the digital signatures/passwords of the Board of ElectionInspectors (BEIs)
n
No way to verify integrity ofprogram installed in PCOS upon ini-tialization
n
Problems with lling up long
ballot, ballot jamming and misread-ing, machine breakdown
n
Power failure and/or communi-cations breakdownThe conditions for disarray and con-ditions for fraud are there not justin the presidential elections but alsoin the other national positions (vicepresidential, senatorial) and thelocal positions vital for the Arroyocircle’s efforts to remain in powerPersistence of means of fraud:vote-buying, voter intimidation and
harassment, sabotaging voters, y
-ing voters, ballot-switching, spoiledballots…

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