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WINNING BIDDER SAYS Automated polls tamper proof

Posted on: June 10, 2009

WINNING BIDDER SAYS
‘Automated polls tamper proof’

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:14:00 06/10/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, State Budget & Taxes

MANILA, Philippines – The consortium that won the bidding for the 2010 election automation project said its track record would show that its machines were tamper proof, as it allayed fears of election fraud.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) bid committee awarded the contract to Netherlands-based Smartmatic and its Philippine partner, Total Information Management (TIM), with its P7.2-billion proposal.

“In one of our automated election projects, we have transmitted 150 million votes and not one of those votes was tampered with,” said Cezar Flores, Smartmatic international sales director.

“Even if we want to tamper [with] those, we cannot because we have encryption and several layers of security in addition to firewalls activated when transmission of results from voting precinct starts,” he added.

With the automated system, about 80 percent of election results will be known within five to six hours after precincts close.

Flores said the consortium would be able to deliver the 82,200 machines on schedule.

The machines will be leased to the Comelec, but the government has the option to purchase them by adding “about P2.1 billion” to the contract price of P7.2 billion, he said.

The Comelec has yet to finalize guidelines on what will happen in case a voter chooses more than the number of allowed candidates for positions like senator and what will happen if the substitute candidate’s name is not printed on the official ballot, said Flores and Comelec Chairman Jose Melo.

Anna Valmero

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