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post your Goodbye Message To Gloria and your Hello Message To Noynoy

June 1, 2010 1 comment

we are counting just days before gloria macapagal arroyo leaves office and noynoy aquino takes over. here is a place where you can tell gloria what you feel and think as she leaves the presidency and as noynoy takes office.

click  here: http://goodbyegloriahellonoynoy.wordpress.com/

manual count audit shows no election cheating

May 31, 2010 Leave a comment

we can have an army of  koala bears on video but that say anything about cheating in the election. the only thing it says is it’s interesting tv for a 15 seconds, not more, no less.

we think what really counts is the manual count audit that is being done. this marries old style vote counting versus new world vote counting where the old is checking on the new.

the manual count audit is yielding nothing that points to any form of election cheating.. they are correct to conclude that  when they saw no pattern in the errors. aside from the very low error,no pattern means there was no intervention from outside sources. for election cheating to occur, the cheaters need to use the computer system and programs used by the COMELEC. for cheating to be done, a pattern will emerge as that is the nature of computer programs. computer programs operate in distinct and predictable patterns.

they should complete the audit and its analysis soonest so that the election cheating charges will be laid to rest for good.

Manual audit shows ‘no vote tampering’
By Tarra Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:23:00 05/31/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The accuracy of the country’s first automated elections still holds as a comparison of hand-counted and machine-counted votes showed variances that do not suggest any pattern or deliberate tampering, an official supervising the random manual audit (RMA) said Sunday.

Henrietta de Villa, chair of the RMA technical working group, said discrepancies so far noted did not suggest a pattern that could be attributed to intentional efforts to cheat.

The RMA, conducted through the collaboration of the Commission on Elections, National Statistics Office (NSO) and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), seeks to determine the accuracy of the automated count by comparing it with manually counted results from some 1,145 precincts nationwide.

“So far, what we see through our naked eye is that there is no pattern,” said De Villa, who is also the PPCRV chair.

She said that was the first thing she asked the encoders from the NSO, “‘Is there any pattern?’ And they said ‘there was none,’ because the variances we saw happened to different candidates in different places,” she said when reached by phone Sunday.

Human error

De Villa said one-digit to double-digit discrepancies were spotted in the evaluation, though some cases could be attributed to human error.

She cited one precinct where the board of election inspectors mistakenly wrote 352 votes as the total, while a validation of the hand count tallied with the machine count placed it at only 253 votes.

“But we don’t see any deliberate effort [to write the wrong results],” she said.

The RMA team has so far audited ballots from some 1,050 precincts as of Saturday night, said De Villa.

10 more days

Validation of the results might take 10 more days, De Villa said, as the technical evaluation committee would have to again conduct a per-ballot review of results from precincts where variances where noted.

“People might think we’re delaying this but it’s not that easy. In case of double-digit variances, we elevate that to the technical evaluation committee and they’d have to check again if the right ballots were counted,” De Villa said.

De Villa again called for discernment when looking at left-and-right charges of fraud, saying only cases with solid evidence should be investigated.

“If it’s really legitimate, then it should be investigated. But there are really some wild, wild accusations … Maybe some [candidates] would just like to be on the spotlight or prove that their allegations are correct,” she said.

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

May 10, 2010 3 comments

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.

on-site tests from all over on PCOS machines show problems

May 3, 2010 Leave a comment

NP bares irregularities in PCOS machines

By Maila Ager

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 20:55:00 05/03/2010

MANILA, Philippines – Alleged irregularities in the testing and sealing of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines have been discovered by the camp of Nationalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manny Villar.

In Muntinlupa, for instance, Villar’s name could not be read by the poll automated machines, NP spokesman and senatorial bet Gilbert Remulla said over the phone on Monday night.

“When the result came out after the voting, walang Villar na lumabas [no vote for Villar was counted]. Our team members voted but their Villar vote did not appear,” Remulla said.

In Mindoro, Remulla said, the machines only read the name of administration bet, former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro.

“Tapos sa local officials, mga taga Lakas (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) lang ang lumalabas [And among the local officials, only candidates of the Lakas appear],” he said.

Other irregularities in the testing of PCOS machines, he said, were also reported in Batangas, Makati, and Pateros.

“Hindi binabasa ang boto ng tao [It does not read the votes of the people],” said Remulla.

He then asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to address the problem.

“It seems that there’s basis to speculations of a failure of election, after all,” Remulla said.

“The Comelec has to answer to these serious charges against them,” he added.

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