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March 12, 2011Press ReleaseMGG SUPPORTS COMPETITIVE PUBLIC BIDDING FOR 2013 AES;CALLS FOR DISQUALIFICATION OF SMARTMATIC-TIM
The Movement for Good Governance (MGG), a coalition of reform advocates, joined theurgent call of various citizen groups for a more secure Automated Election System (AES)for the 2013 polls.MGG, through its Chair, Solita “Winnie” Monsod, expressed the view that Smartmatic-TIM’strack record made entering into another contract with the technology provider simplyunacceptable.“The major technical and procedural lapses during the 2010 automated elections raiseserious questions on the credibility of Smartmatic to secure its system against unauthorized network intrusions and unwitting loss of information,” said Monsod.“A repeat performance by Smartmatic would once again
throw into question the integrity of election results.
As responsible citizens of this country we cannot allow the voting results tobe compromised.”
MGG’s position is based on discussions with its affiliated organizations that were activelyinvolved in monitoring the 2010 automated elections, namely: the Legal Network forTruthful Elections (LENTE), TransparentElections.Org.Ph, AES Watch, the NationalMovement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Tanggulang Demokrasya (TanDem), the Centerfor People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG), and Alyansa Agrikultura.MGG fully supports the recommendation of the Comelec Advisory Committee (CAC) to havea competitive public bidding for the 2013 AES.The Movement also backs the recommendations of the CAC calling for the adoption of following technical features in the 2013 AES which were not provided by Smartmatic in2010 AES:1.
Use of standard and verifiable digital signatures for the machines and personneland provision for accurate, reliable and universal time stamps;