THE camp of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow “IT experts and programmers” from his team to conduct an audit of the servers used in the May 9 elections.
Marcos said the audit must be done in light of doubts following the “introduction of a new script” to the transparency server made by Marlon Garcia, an official of the Smartmatic.
He stressed the alteration removed the only security feature of the data by causing the hash codes to change.
“With the tampering of this sole security feature, how can we be assured that the data has not been altered in other ways or on other occasions?” the senator said in a letter filed by his representatives.
“If a single person can introduce ‘cosmetic’ changes, how can we be assured that the same person and/or other persons did not introduce substantial alterations to the script and that the data had not been affected just as easily?” the senator added.
Earlier, Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gave assurances that the script change in the transparency server did not affect the tally of votes for vice president.
Garcia, for his part, explained that the update was just a straightforward “minor” cosmetic change.
Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon on the other hand fumed when she learned of the alteration and told Smartmatic that they should have informed them first before they made the alteration.
She insisted that the Smartmatic people have no right to touch any of the security features without informing the Comelec.
“We are liable to the people, it is our responsibility to ensure the credibility of this election,” Guanzon said.
The Comelec said it will determine the possible liability of Smartmatic.
Marcos had also asked the Comelec to stop the quick count by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.
The senator led the partial and unofficial tally a few hours after the May 9 elections, and was overtaken by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo the next day.