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Marcos camp presses script change scrutiny

  • Written by Marlon Purificacion
  • Published in Nation
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AFTER filing a criminal complaint against Smartmatic executives, the camp of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. also requested the Commission on Elections to allow them access to several files to scrutinize the change in the script of the poll body’s transparency server.

A supplemental request was also filed by the Marcos camp asking the Comelec for information on the number of CCS laptops/servers that were reported to contain rogue votes allegedly coming from the PRELAT and Mock Elections on election day as well as municipalities, cities and provinces affected and the measures or procedures which the poll body took to rectify this supposed anomaly or error.

The Marcos camp initially requested to have their Information Technology (IT) team to gain access on transmission logs, white list (Vote counting machines, USB device, BBGAN), digitally signed Election Returns and public key and decryption key to open up the transmitted files.

Lawyers of Marcos filed a complaint against executives of service provider Smartmatic over their unauthorized change in the script of the transparency server of the Comelec.

Jose Amor Amorado, head of the BBM Quick Count Center, said they requested the poll body for additional access to other components of the Automated Election System in addition to a system audit of the transparency server and central server of the poll body.
“This will enable us to explain, and we would be able to see, how many were the undervotes, which is critical to the count of the votes for the Vice Presidential position,” Amorado said.
Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz, Marcos’ Campaign Adviser said the criminal case lodged before the Comelec against Smartmatic’s  Marlon Garcia was for alleged violation of the Automated Election System Law, particularly Section 28 of RA 9369 which prohibits acts that include “interfering with, impeding, absconding for purpose of gain, preventing the installation or use of computer counting devices and the processing, storage, generation and transmission of election results, data or information”.
Garcia, a Venezuelan national was tagged as the one who introduced the script change into the transparency server in violation of the Comelec protocols.
Amorado and Dela Cruz also lamented the cancellation of the scheduled hearing of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System due to the absence of Smartmatic officials.
“The other thing that I think has not yet been properly advised, and which we had wanted to bring to the attention of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee, was the fact that at 10:00 p.m. on the same day, May 9 there was a non-transmission of votes from all over the country,” Dela Cruz said.
Dela Cruz said the incident is suspicious because the transmission of election results from all around the country stopped simultaneously for around 10 minutes when there were no reported brownouts or other incidents that could explain this glitch. This took place after the 7:30 p.m. unauthorized change of the script in the transparency server.
Amorado and Dela Cruz said they will also look into the arrival of new Certificates of Canvass from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Negros Occidental and Nueva Ecija, noting they have already secured a copy of their COCs earlier.