In the news article entitled,
"Comelec to Erap: Prove allegations"
, in the May 16, 2010issue of Philippine Star, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez is quoted as saying,
"Compact flash cards have nothing to do with the count, all it does is say that 'you machine, you are for this precinct'. Basically, what a compact flash card does is tocustomize a machine so that it is specific to a particular locality and that's all that it does. It has nothing to do with the counting logic."
That the CF card has nothing to do with the counting logic is the
ever tocome from Comelec. The CF card contains data that are the very heart and soul of thecounting logic, such that use of the wrong CF card produces wrong counts, and puts toquestion the entire result of the May 10, 2010 automated election.
Precinct-Specific Ballots and CF Card
All the 76,000+ PCOS machines are running the same computer program that readsballots, credits the votes to the correct candidates, computes a summary at the end of the voting period, and transmits the election return to the municipal board of canvassersand to the national Comelec servers. An unconfigured generic PCOS machine can beused in any of the 76,000+ precincts. What enables the PCOS machine to count votesfor candidates of a specific municipality/district is the candidates' data in the CF cardthat is used to configure the PCOS machine. The CF card tells the PCOS machine whatthe names of the candidates are and the positions of their ovals on the ballot.Take the example of the candidates for president, as shown in this sample ballot.Let us assume a scan resolution of 100 pixels per inch, so that a ballot with dimensions8.5 inches x 25 inches will be scanned and saved as a tiff file of 850 pixels x 2500pixels. Let us take as origin the upper-left corner of the black rectangle on the upper-left