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More poll machines to arrive—IT firm

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:51:00 12/31/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections

MANILA, Philippines – More poll machines to be used in the presidential elections will continue to arrive every week in the country from January to February, an official from the company that would provide the equipment said, after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) received the first batch of 4,000 units.

A total of 7,200 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines were shipped to the country this month, including 3,200 units which arrived at the Bureau of Customs Tuesday, Gene Gregorio, spokesman for Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM), told Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »


42,000 poll machines to arrive by end-December—Comelec

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 22:45:00 12/11/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Infotech, Eleksyon 2010, Computing & Information Technology

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said about half of the 82,200 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that will be used in the 2010 elections will arrive in the country by month’s end, an official said.

Automation provider Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) gave assurances the first batch of 42,200 machines is set to arrive by December 31, said Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, head of the steering committee on automation. Read the rest of this entry »

Comelec halts network survey in Maguindanao

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:28:00 11/26/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections, Eleksyon 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended indefinitely its survey of available network infrastructure in Maguindanao province following Monday’s massacre of 50 people that included relatives of a local official and journalists.

“The personnel of Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM) have suspended for safety concerns the network site survey in some parts of Maguindanao, particularly near the area where a gubernatorial candidate’s family and several media men have been killed,” said Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal. Read the rest of this entry »

Smartmatic vows on-time delivery of poll machines

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:07:00 11/13/2009

Filed Under: Infotech, Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections

MANILA, Philippines—The automation partner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has assured the poll body that it would deliver on time the 82,200 poll machines to be used in the 2010 polls.

Cesar Flores, Smartmatic president for Asia-Pacific, told the in an interview Wednesday that Smartmatic and Total Information Management (TIM) would be able to manufacture and deliver 42,000 poll machines in December and the remaining 40,000 units in January next year. Read the rest of this entry »

All systems go for 2010 automation

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Commission on Elections and Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp. has started finalizing the roles of the members of the project management office (PMO) that will handle the P7.2 billion automation of the 2010 elections said Smartmatic-TIM spokesman Gene Gregorio.

Comelec seeks ideas for source code review

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 08:40:00 07/14/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Computing & Information Technology

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has started to solicit suggestions on how to form the guidelines for the conduct of the source code review for the 2010 elections automation project, a poll official said.

“Preparations are underway for the review of the source code that will be installed in the poll machines. The Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) has started meeting today (Monday) to draft guidelines for the conduct of the code review,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told

“The code review is a transparency measure to make sure public is appraised of the operating instructions to be installed in the poll machines. We believe there is no monopoly on knowledge or insight so we want to solicit input from the public especially our local IT experts,” said Jimenez.

Specifically, the guidelines will tackle mechanics of code review, answer questions on how to resolve adverse observations and provide means on how to input beneficial suggestions, said Jimenez.

The source code or human readable programmed instructions will be installed in poll machines to carry out specific commands such as recognition of security keys needed to operate the machines, counting votes from scanned paper ballots, consolidation of data and electronic transmission of results from a polling precinct to Comelec-designated servers.

After the customization of poll automation software, the poll automation law mandates the provider to promptly have its code open for review by all political parties, excluding bidder to polish the program before final installation on the poll machines.

“For its part, TEC has yet to decide on the guidelines, the number of copies to be disseminated and to whom, and implementation of changes on the source code. The body will request additional information on best practices with regards to source code review from international agencies involved with code review,” added Jimenez.

Asked if the code to be reviewed can be posted on the Internet or sent via e-mail to individual reviewers, Jimenez said there are “no defined guidelines on this yet.”

Jimenez said TEC will “likely” release preliminary guidelines on the conduct of source code review by the end of the month. No date has been scheduled for the code review, which could take between two to three months.

“We aim to have the code review finished before end of this year and have the final code before delivery of poll machines finishes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp., the joint venture formed by the wining bidder consortium, has started the customization of its automated election system software and acquisition of parts needed to fabricate the machines and other related hardware, said Cesar Flores, Smartmatic international sales director.

Jimenez clarified that although the source code review was not reflected in the implementation calendar for the automation project, it follows a “parallel track” and is “independent from other preparations” such as the fabrication of poll machines and related hardware, contingency planning and voter’s education.

TEC, a body created by Republic Act 9369 or the poll automation law, shall certify through an established international certification entity chosen by Comelec that the poll automation system is operating properly and securely according to provisions of the law, not later than three months before Election Day.

All Filipinos, especially local IT experts, are encouraged to email their suggestions to Comelec at

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Comelec, bidder ink automation deal

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:59:00 07/10/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Computing & Information Technology, Elections

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Election (Comelec) finally inked on Friday the P7.2 billion automation contract with the winning bidder, signaling the start of the automation project for the upcoming 2010 elections.

Comelec chairman Jose Melo signed the contract with Juan Villa of Smartmatic Southeast Asian operations who was also representing Total Information Management (TIM), the other half of the joint venture. Read the rest of this entry »


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