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Despite legal squabble, it’s all systems go for 2013 automated polls

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It’s all systems go for the 2013 automated elections despite the legal dispute between Smartmatic International Corp. and its subcontractor Dominion Voting Systems International Corp.

Smartmatic Asia president Cesar Flores said although the case is still under litigation, it would not affect Smartmatic’s obligation to provide the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with a working and compliant technology for the midterm polls.

“We are 100 percent committed to that. Smartmatic is fully capable of providing all support to Comelec and all customers, regardless of any rifts with any of its providers,” Flores said in a statement.

He compared Smartmatic’s case to the business squabble between Samsung and Apple where users of Samsung did not suffer from disruption of services despite the lawsuit.

Smartmatic said its complaint against Dominion had no bearing on Comelec’s legal ownership and control of the elections system itself.

“We would do nothing to jeopardize the holding of legitimate transparent elections within the Philippines. We assure the public that this rift will not result in Comelec being constrained in any way as to its use of the automated systems that they now own, and that the independent testing and verification of that system, now underway, will further demonstrate the technical integrity of the system, as required under Philippine laws,” it added.

Smartmatic said it would provide about 40 “enhancements” for the 82,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, which were used in the 2010 presidential polls, in time for next year’s electoral exercise.


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Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Automated elections , Cesar Flores , Comelec , Dominion Voting Systems International Corp. , legal dispute , Smartmatic , Smartmatic Asia


  • ODAPAIN

    all systems go for automated polls,hope we don’t vote for political dynasties,and the same useless trapos it will make us automatically @#$%^&*

  • PikonNaKami

    Cesar Flores is a liar.

    The case between Apple and Samsung is a patent infringement.  Apple and Samsung never signed an agreement to work together.

    Smartmatic sued Dominion for breach of contract.  In 2009, Smartmatic signed a license  agreement with Dominion for Smartmatic to use the Dominion PCOS and software with the limitation that Smartmatic does not market the Dominion PCOS in US and Canada. When Smartmatic won in 2010, it subcontracted the PCOS and its software to Dominion in violation of Special Bid and Awards Bid Bulletins 10 and 21 where it explicitly states that “The PCOS and software are considered material and significant and therefore must not be subcontracted.”

    Smartmatic marketed the Dominion PCOS in Puerto Rico which is a US territory and Dominion said it was a violation of their agreement and Dominion terminated its agreement with Smartmatic. (The Puerto Rican election authorities ultimately chose Dominion because of the existing license agreement but Smartmatic went to court to delay the implementation, resulting in Puerto Rico NOT having an automated elections.)

    Part of the agreement is that Smartmatic will have access to the PCOS source code. If the agreement is terminated, what source code will Smartmatic use?  How could Smartmatic claim that they fixed the errors in the 2010 PCOS source codes when Smartmatic is suing Dominion because they say that their access to the source code was denied?

    It is easy to understand why Cesar Flores will lie. He is not a Filipino and just wants to get paid using Filipino’s hard earned taxes.

    But shame on you Jerome Aning and Inquirer editors.  It is so easy to research the actual documents showing the suit of Smartmatic and Dominion’s counter suit in the State of Delaware.  The summit on media corruption was just concluded in Tagaytay and here you are publishing the press release of Smartmatic without even lifting a finger to validate the claims of Cesar Flores.

     

  • Your_King

    What’s going on with the Philippine elections? Better question what’s going to happen during the elections? They have problems in 2010 with the PCOS machines and Smartmatic supposedly said that their machines which is the machines being used are having problems scanning the ballots. There’s a court case then now things despite all this, things are supposed to be a go? Aquino and the Comelec better take a good long look at this and take care of whatever needs to be taken cared of lest major issues compromise the elections. Don’t sleep on this issue Aquino.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Away from the madding crowd, the PCOS machines and their software are being readied for massive electoral sabotage by those in power today. Sixto the white-haired clown is gearing up for the upcoming epic battle between man vs. the machine. With Gus Lagman out of the way, electronic manipulation becomes so much easier. Anyone who followed the recent US presidential election probably also noticed reports and videos of voter machine failure, wherein the touchscreen machine actually voted for a different candidate from the one intended by the voter. So let us not be surprised when something similar happens in May 2013 elections. With so much power vested in him, let us not be surprised by the sleight of hand of Sixto the white-haired clown when he pulls a fast one over us. In fairness to Sixto the aging clown, he is merely making the most of his remaining time and cashing in on every trick up his sleeve.

  • Datuitum

    The hocus- PCOS machines 



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