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A Critique of the May 2010 Automated Elections

A Critique of the May 2010 Automated Elections

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We are happy that at last the mainstream media started to pick up the story of the May 10 election manipulation by Puno and Company. We are however, disappointed that the media is so fixed on the conversation between Puno and Ferrer which we somehow expected instead of focusing on the more substantial e-mails. In fact, nothing about the e-mails were mentioned or asked. We know that Puno is trying very hard to keep the story off the mainstream media. He has been braggin in his e-mails of his control of some media personalities. We hate to suspect the worst. But we have faith that some will go deeper and investigate.
We are happy that at last the mainstream media started to pick up the story of the May 10 election manipulation by Puno and Company. We are however, disappointed that the media is so fixed on the conversation between Puno and Ferrer which we somehow expected instead of focusing on the more substantial e-mails. In fact, nothing about the e-mails were mentioned or asked. We know that Puno is trying very hard to keep the story off the mainstream media. He has been braggin in his e-mails of his control of some media personalities. We hate to suspect the worst. But we have faith that some will go deeper and investigate.

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Republic Act (RA) 9369 was enacted authorizing Comelec to use an Automated Election System (AES).To ensure the accuracy, veracity and authenticity in the recording and reading of votes in the precincts;electronic transmission of the election returns (ERs) to the municipal, city, provincial and nationalcanvassing; as well as the tabulation, RA 9369 required the AES to have minimum capabilitiesstandards, such as the use of digital signatures, voter verifiability, and UV scanning to detectunauthorized ballots, among others.
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DIGITAL SIGNATURES
: The importance of digital signatures in the election is clearly specifiedin RA 9369. The Chairman of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) shall electronically transmitthe precinct results to the respective levels of board of canvassers (BOC). The election returnstransmitted electronically and digitally signed shall be considered as official election results andshall be used as the basis for the canvassing of votes and the proclamation of a candidate.RA9369 also referred to RA 8792 Electronic Commerce Act as to the requirements for provision, useand interpretation of various aspects of electronic or digital signatures.On June 15, 2009, Executive Order 810 was issued institutionalizing the use of digital signatures anddirecting the application of digital signatures in E-Government services.
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VOTER VERIFIABILITY
: An audit trail so the voter can verify whether his votes were the sameas those read and counted by the PCOS machine.
2.
UV SCANNING
: A feature in the PCOS machine to detect fake and unauthorized ballots.**ALL THESE SECURITY FEATURES WERE MADE PART OF THE AES BID SPECIFICATIONS, ANDSUBSEQUENTLY COVERED BY THE CONTRACT BETWEEN COMELEC AND SMARTMATIC.BUT, WITHIN TWO MONTHS TO MAY 10, 2010, THESE FEATURES WERE ONE BY ONE DISABLEDAND NOT USED.**1.On March 4, 2010, Comelec issued Comelec Resolution 8786 dated March 4, 2010, essentiallydisabling the use of digital signatures. Thus, the electronically transmitted ERs from the precinctsno longer bear digital signaturesSeveral excuses were given by Comelec ranging from PCOS machine signatures are equivalent todigital signature (which of course is not true); use of digital signature will require another P1 Billion(as if digital feature is not included in the P7.1 B contract); reducing transmission time (how can
 
less than one minute signing digitally will reduce much a transmission of about 30 to 60 minutes?);and the PCOS i-button and BEI Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) are equivalents (of course,not).2.After the initial printing of the ballots, Comelec announced that the UV scanning feature of thePCOS will no longer be used because the density of the ink used in printing the ballots is notwithin the ink specifications that can be accurately scanned. Instead, Comelec procured thousandsof UV handheld lamps that eventually were not used during the elections.3.During the election, the voters were only notified "Congratulations" in the PCOS LCD screen,and had not been given a chance to verify whether his vote choices were properly read andrecorded.
THE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS OF THESE COMELEC ACTIONS
:1.There was a significant violation of the RA9369 including non-compliance with the provisions ofthe Bid and the Automation Contract.2.The authenticity, integrity, confidentiality, veracity and accuracy of the vote counts in the ERs,and eventually the Certificates of Canvass (whose basis are the electronically transmitted results)are compromised.3.The resulting irregularities, discrepancies in printouts vs. transmitted results, null votes, andreconciled votes cannot be addressed specifically as the source of the controversial votes cannotbe identified.4.Comelec had revised an existing law of which only Congress is authorized to repeal or modify;and with such resolution and action being assailed as unconstitutional, and promulgated and donewith grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction.
IMMEDIATE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
:1.Only the manual counting of ballots will resolve the issues and protests.2.This may be accelerated with the use of fully-tested, fully-audited and specification compliantPCOS machines to read the ballots within a disputed administrative jurisdiction.
 
3.Conduct a full blown, independent, non-partisan, and expert AES audit to determinecompliance to the law and specifications, improvements for future elections, and pinpointingaccountabilities. Such audit should result in the corresponding prosecution of those foundnegligent, incompetent, arrogant and with fraudulent and criminal intent and wrong doing.To access/download files, please log on to the following links:For all documents related to the Automated Election System (AES):http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=c83e06e1eeda20b0d8f14848abf485dd1e97232231037841759e682a8cd2154aFor all documents related to Critique of the AES:http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=c83e06e1eeda20b0d8f14848abf485dd1e972322310378414df0d6082f1c2cd0
Cheaters Incorporated:
President Gloria Arroyo (MDM 101) Chairman of the BoardRonaldo V. Puno (HG 101) Chief Executive OfficerNicodemu Ferrer (com 101) Board MemberLucenito Tagle (com 102) Board MemberRene Sarmiento (com 103) Bpard MemberArmando Velasco (com 104) Board MemberOUR APOLOGIESFirstly, we apologize that not everyone found it easy to open and accesscheatediwas.webs.com. We are trying toremedy the situation. One difficulty we found was that when we opened the web site, we did it on free hosting servicethat allowed for a very small storage space and very little allowance for traffic bandwidth. Due to this limitations, thesudden influx of visitors to the site have cause the system to slow down quite considerably. What we did was toupgrade the service to one that would allow us bigger storage space and traffic allowance that allowed us to handlemore visitors to the site without compromising the speed and quality of the site. We hope that we have been able tosolve the problem.In the first release, we included several e-mails. There was a reason for including those e-mails. It was to giveskeptics the opportunity to check and verify some of the contents. Case in point was the e-mail exchanges between

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