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Comelec may revert to manual system in 2016 polls – exec

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Expecting a delay in the repair and refurbishment of the 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan machines, the Comelec may consider using the manual system for the 2016 national elections. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez on Thursday said “Ang […]
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IBP asks SC to void Comelec-Smartmatic PCOS repair deal

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has asked the Supreme Court to void the agreement between the Commission on Elections and the Smartmatic-TIM for the refurbishment and repair of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to […]
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Watchdog asks SC to stop Comelec resolution for PCOS repair

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A citizens’ elections watchdog on Monday asked the Supreme Court to strike down a Commission on Elections resolution allowing Smartmatic-TIM to conduct “diagnostics, repair, and refurbishment” of 80,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to be used...
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AES Watch fears sham Comelec bidding on P2B new optical scan machines

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The election watchdog Automated Election System (AES) Watch on Tuesday expressed fears of a possible sham bidding process in connection with the acquisition of P2-billion worth of additional voting machines for use in the 2016 elections. “That […]
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Comelec chief: No budget for new PCOS machines for 2016 polls

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will no longer purchase new Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the 2016 local and national elections, its chairman said Tuesday, citing budgetary constraints. During the hearing of the […]
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Comelec still owes Smartmatic close to P200M – Brillantes

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Although the automated polls has long been finished, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) still has payables amounting to almost P200 to Smartmatic International, the service provider of the more than 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines […]
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Brillantes has ‘reservations’ about reusing Smartmatic PCOS

MANILA, May 22 (Mabuhay) — No less than the chairman of the Commission on Elections is recommending that the poll body discontinue use of Smartmatic precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in the 2016 elections. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said […]
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‘Bring your ERs’ – Smartmatic dares UNA on data manipulation allegation

MANILA, May 16 (Mabuhay) – A Smartmatic Corporation official on Wednesday night dared the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to bring their own copies of Election Returns (ERs) to prove their allegations that there was manipulation in the canvassing of […]
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Comelec sees release finally of source code

MANILA, Apr 3 (Mabuhay) — Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes expects to finish negotiations with Smartmatic and Dominion for the source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines by tomorrow. He says the local lawyers of both […]