Poll automation critic appeased by Smartmatic demonstration
Manila (1 June) -- A staunch critic of automated elections was finally appeased by the demonstration conducted by poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) at their warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna on Monday.
In an interview with reporters, Cagayan de Oro (CDO) Rep. Rufus Rodriguez said that he can no longer see any "vulnerability" in the automated election system that was used in the May polls.
For his part, House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms head Makati Rep. Teddy Boy Locsin said he was likewise satisfied with the demonstration. "(Regarding) the issues that were brought up, yes I'm very satisfied," he told reporters.
During the demonstration, Smartmatic showed the configuration of compact flash cards and how Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and its audit logs are protected against ballot tampering.
Smartmatic Election Systems Manager Heider Garcia showed that if someone tampers with the audit log, the CF cards won't be read by the PCOS machine. Garcia also proved during the demonstration that the four CF cards that were found in a junk shop in CDO were authentic. A review of the contents of the flash card indicated that real elections results were encrypted inside them. (PIA-Bohol) [top]