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the misunderstanding on automated election – not for speed of voting process but for accuracy of counting

the election is on going in most parts of  the country. the complaints are not on the PCOS machine malfunctioning but on the long wait for voters to get on with the voting. this is frustrating a lot of voters specially now that we experiencing a heat wave.

voters are complaining about the long lines leading to the polling precinct, the inability to quickly confirm the precinct number and the wait to get a ballot and vote. once inside the polling precinct,  it takes the voter anywhere from 6 to 8 minutes from filling up the ballot and getting the PCOS machine.

the long lines are  not being caused by the automated election system that the country is doing for the first time  in its history. unfortunately most people thought that speed in voting is one of the things it is supposed to solve.

automated election was meant to solve accuracy in the counting of the votes, also to a large degree prevent election cheating and speed up the counting process, not speed in voting during the election process. where before it took the country to get election results after several weeks, the automated election  will enable the country to get the results after 2 days at the longest.

what the voters need now is patience, an umbrella and water to drink while in line.

  1. Estipona ng Davao
    May 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I agree.Very accurate with a speed that can scan without causing long queques,maybe 20-30 seconds per ballot.For me ,that is acceptable and reasonable.

  2. rajn_d; Bukidnon
    May 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

    True, but where did this assumption come from? Is it not from the notion that computerization is faster? Then why did not COMELEC emphasize this in their informercials?

    Here are some reasons why I think the people exercised their right to SUFFeRAGE yesterday:

    Number 1: Clustered precincts. More people line up to a cluster precinct this time than to individual precincts of elections before. Do the math.

    Number 2: Disenfranchised voters. Voters missing in voters’ list. How could a registered voter not find his/her name in the voters’ list? i honestly don’t know. But this does add to the wait, and frustration.

    Number 2: Lines for bilog na hugis itlog are so thin. Even I, with 20-20 vision find it difficult to see the thin red line used in the ballots for the bilog na hugis itlog. So how about the elderly, and those who sport glasses? Why use a line of less contrast? I was really surprise with this, even board exam answer sheets do not use thin red lines.

    Number 3: Ballots rejected by PCOS machines. Some voters insert their ballots 2 or 3 more times, to as much as 6. More attempts, more time spent.

    Number 4: Malfunctioning PCOS machines. No need to explain this one.

    Even in a town as small as ours, I experienced a longer wait to cast my vote. Good thing the sky was overcast yesterday.

  3. Jose G. Francisco
    May 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I was disturb by an alleged election return for Manila dated 08 May 2010 which was alleged by Mr. Atienza, a Mayoralty candidate . It seems that the allegation by a man I saw at ABS-CBN News Channel is true – That it is easy and possible to configure the flash card to send to the Comelec canvassers a pre-encoded list of votes and not the actual votes last May 10. He even said that, this might be the reason why the flash cards were changed, in such a so short a time, 10-days. The pressure was so great to make this first computerized election a success that the whole nation was cooperating and was very eager to see it thru and make history.

    Please consider very deligently the following hypothesis.

    According to some computer software developers, the flash cards can be configured:

    1. To have two files. File A is a pre-encoded list of votes and File B which is initially blank and in which the actual votes on May 10 will be encoded by the PECOS machine.

    2, To set default that when the start button is pressed, the PECOS machine will open File B and print a clean list to show that the machine is empty of any records.

    3. To read the ballots and record the actual votes during May 10 in File B.

    4. To set default that when the close or transmit button is pressed, the PECOS machine will close and delete File B, then open File A and save it to changed the file date to May 10 and transmit the pre-encoded list of votes. The pre-encoded votes should be by ratio as near as the latest survey percentages to erase doubts.

    This seems to be a fool-proof clearing of the files and cheat everyone. However, in the case of ENRON, in the USA, the FBI were able to recover deleted e-mail files from the computer hard-drives and convicted the executives involved in the fraud and in the obstruction of justice.

    I strongly suggest that we should initiate a complete recount, either manually or even using a PECOS machine, but this time, connected directly to several servers, so that the configurations of the flash cards will not apply.

    Jose G. Francisco, CPA

    College Prefessor of Computerized Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Feasibility Studies, etc.

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