Comelec vows to make 2013 polls ‘better enhanced’


Sixto Brillantes

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Wednesday said they would try to cope with whatever deficiencies they have to make sure this year’s elections will be ‘‘better enhanced.’’

Brillantes was reacting to the pastoral letter prepared by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and read on Tuesday that warned against possible “wholesale cheating’’ unless the automated elections system is fixed.

“If not properly addressed, the present automated election system can lead to wholesale cheating. The integrity of a pillar of our democracy—the election—is at stake,” the pastoral letter read.

“We call upon the Comelec to adequately address the issues and respond, place corrective measures if necessary, to the studies of technical experts to the alleged deficiencies of the present system and technology of automated elections. There can be no transparency in elections if the Comelec itself is not transparent,” CBCP added.

Brillantes told reporters during the opening of the new printing facility of the National Printing Office (NPO) on Wednesday that he has not yet personally read the CBCP statement but that they will respect the bishops’ opinion.

“I will have to read their statement first, I don’t know. But whatever the opinion of the bishops are, we will respect [it] and we will try to cope with whatever they think [are our] deficiencies,” Brillantes said.

When asked if there was sufficient basis in the fears of the CBCP on poll cheating, he said that “we also used (Precinct Count Optical Scan) PCOS machines in 2010 and there wasn’t any wholesale fraud. We’re using exactly the same machines that are improved a little bit, so I think it should be a better enhanced elections.”

Comelec’s decision to use the PCOS machines of Smartmatic has been criticized by several groups allegedly because of several problems that came up in the 2010 elections such as the non-issuance of voter verification receipts and the removal of the ultraviolet security mark on the ballots.

The source code, or the basic computer language, of the PCOS machines has also been repeatedly asked to be reviewed by election watchdogs and technical experts.

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  • Sugbuanon86

    Better enhanced for cheating.

    Matutuwa ang mongoloid na presidente niyan.

    • Catherine

       bakit po ganoon? may judgement na po kayo kaagad.  sinusubukan naman pong ayusin pero may sasabihin pa rin po kayo.   sana po mapagbigyan naman po natin na gawin ang dapat gawin.  hindi po banat na lang po ng banat.  napakadali pong bumanat na nakaupo lang po tayo habang ang comelec ay  nagtatrabahong maayos ang lahat.  wala naman pong perfecto.  sana po imbes na nagsasalita tayo ng ganito ay magdasal na lang po tayo upang maayos ang lahat ng mga diperensiya.

  • virgoyap

    Even how honest an election might be, still adversaries will find loopholes of massive fraud especially if they have personal grudge or they lose the election.

  • disqusted0fu

    Comelec will enhance better the cheating, it will be automated now through the defective PCOS machines. It’s doubtful why they will not allow media to cover the testing of the machines. The voters have to know that these machines work 100% so they do not waste their votes just to find out in the end that their candidates were cheated on.

  • Estee Muri

    Really Brilliantes? Really Really,Really?   as the children says: Whom are you kidding? or better yert: Tell that to the Marines!  Huwag magsalita ng patapos!  Just do it like the Nike people !

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