Poll Automation

The election automation law

Smartmatic/TIM backgrounder (06-10-09 GMA News)

About Smartmatic/TIM
Smartmatic International Corp. (Smartmatic) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Smartmatic International Holding, BV, a company organized under the laws of The Netherlands. Smartmatic has organized elections using its electronic voting solutions in Latin America, the Carribean, the United States, and Asia.
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September 2021

Comelec explores online overseas voting via app flagged by MIT- (ABS CBN)

August 2021

Comelec to hold local source code review ahead of 2022 polls- (ABS CBN)
June 2021

Villar: Buy more vote counting machines, add polling precincts- (CNN)

May 2021

Marcos pushes for pilot run of 2022 hybrid elections- (CNN)

Comelec defends contracts awarded to Smartmatic for Eleksyon 2022- (GMA News)

Smartmatic snags P1B new deals- (Manila Times)

Smartmatic bags P 403-M Comelec contract for 2022 elections- (Inquirer)


February 2021

2022 polls to remain automated– Comelec- (Manila Times)

Bill seeking ‘manual-automation’ election system filed at House- (Inquirer)

Comelec eyes more machines for 2022 elections- (Inquirer)

January 2021
Comelec begins bidding for May 2022 polls software- (PNA)
December 2020

Smartmatic wins Comelec bidding- (Manila Times)

Comelec meets with poll system providers- (Manila Times)

November 2020

Sotto checking alleged bid to let Comelec waive safeguards in automated election law- (Inquirer)

Comelec allots P660.7-M for refurbishment of over 97K VCMs- (PNA)

Smartmatic poll machines come into question- (Manila Standard)

October 2020
No new vote counting machines for 2022 polls – COMELEC- (CNN)

February 2020

Comelec sets test run for overseas mobile voting scheme- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec approves testing of mobile app for voting- (Manila Bulletin)

COMELEC to test mobile apps that may used for voting in Philippine elections- (GMA News)


January 2020

Comelec official pushes for advanced, mobile app voting- (Philstar)


December 2019

‘Hybrid’ AES among 3 poll options- (Business Mirror)

October 2019

Smartmatic unveils touchscreen voting tech- (Philstar)

Lawmaker proposes ‘hybrid’ poll system- (Manila Standard)


August 2019

Majority of Filipinos want Comelec to continue automated polls – survey- (Manila Times)

Comelec yet to decide on blacklisting Smartmatic- (GMA News)


July 2019

Smartmatic presents paperless voting- (Businessworld)

Comelec official likens ballot proposed by DICT to a ‘lotto ticket’- (Manila Bulletin)

Imee wants end to Smartmatic 'dominance' in PH- (ABS CBN)

SC dismisses pleas for review of 2013 PCOS source code- (Philstar)


June 2019

DICT to present proposal on alternative automated election system- (Inquirer)

Too early to condemn Smartmatic, says lawyer- (Inquirer)

Duterte fears war in 2022 polls with use of Smartmatic- (Manila Standard)

Random manual audit shows vote counting machines ’99.99%’ accurate
- poll officials- (CNN)

Comelec to check accuracy of replacement VCMs, too- (GMA News)

Pangilinan presses Comelec to explain poll glitches- (ABS CBN)

Militant groups call for investigation on May 13 election glitches- (Cebu Daily News)

Smartmatic in hot water over poll glitches- (Manila Bulletin)

16 early transmission attempts made in midterm elections - IT expert- (Inquirer)

Comelec-7 calls for localized capacity to fix broken SD cards and dysfunctional
voting machines in next polls- (Cebu Daily News)

Duterte tasks DICT to find Smartmatic replacement- (CNN)


May 2019

Duterte to COMELEC: Dispose of Smartmatic- (CNN)

Defective SD cards delay canvass of overseas votes: Comelec -(ABS CBN)

Comelec vows to disclose areas where VCMs, SD cards failed-(GMA News)

’Pre-shaded’ ballots video may discredit automated elections – Lente- (Inquirer)

Party list groups seek independent probe of Comelec glitches- (Inquirer)

Comelec to give PPCRV transparency server logs, says poll watchdog execs-(GMA News)

Comelec looks into viral video of alleged pre-shading of ballots- (Philstar)

Random Manual Audit of poll results on today- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec traces glitches to low-quality SD cards, aged counting machines-(ABS CBN)

Comelec: May 13 polls a success despite glitches-(GMA News)

Senate to probe VCM glitches- (Manila Bulletin)

PPCRV vote count suddenly drops after Tuesday update- (Inquirer)

Weak to no signal causes delay in transmission of votes- (Rappler)

Duterte: Let Comelec explain VCM glitches before initiating probe-(GMA News)

Up to 600 vote-counting machines replaced: Comelec-(ABS CBN)

Comelec, partners pick 715 samples for manual audit of 2019 polls-(GMA News)

Some personalities not spared by defective VCMs-(GMA News)

VCM glitches mar voting in Pasig, Makati and San Juan- (Inquirer)

VCM in ex-VP Binay's precinct malfunctioned, has been replaced —Comelec spox-(GMA News)

Paper jam causes delay in voting in some parts of Cebu- (Cebu Daily News)

Ballot fed wrongly in VCM triggers long line in Davao del Norte- (Inquirer)

BREAK: VCM rejects ex-VP Binay’s ballot; to file complaint at Comelec- (Inquirer)

Comelec to replace 686 corrupted SD cards- (Philippine Canadian Inquirer)

473 SDs to be used in polls corrupted — Comelec- (Philstar)

Comelec issues protocol on SD card replacement- (Philstar)

Comelec checking glitches in vote-counting machines days before election- (ABS CBN)

Comelec starts final VCMs testing, sealing May 6- (Philippine Canadian Inquirer)

Election source codes deposited at central bank- (ABS CBN)

Comelec releases guide on how to cast vote on election day- (Manila Bulletin)


April 2019

Your step-by-step guide to voting in May 13 elections- (Rappler)

What voters need to know about Comelec's fingerprint verification machine- (Rappler)

Comelec to test, seal VCMs on May 10- (Inquirer)

‘Smartmagic’ in May polls?- (Inquirer)

Information technology expert says AES difficult to hack- (Manila Buletin)

PCOS machine demonstration- (ABS CBN)

LIVE: Comelec shows how to vote in May 13 elections- (Rappler)


March 2019

Comelec to pilot-test fingerprint voter verification- (Philstar)

FACT CHECK:  No, ballot machine testing doesn’t show ink from vote seeping through to
other candidate- (GMA News)

Comelec Spokesman confident with more secure ballots and vote-counting
machines- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to accept requests for VCM demos until April- (Philippine Canadian Inquirer)


February 2019

Comelec field tests voter verification machine- (ABS CBN)

Comelec on track to finish printing of midterm ballots by April 25- (Manila Bulletin)


January 2019

Comelec eyes faster random manual audit for 2019 polls- (GMA News)

Group reports glitches in Comelec mock polls- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Smartmatic role in 2019 polls diminished- (Philstar)


December 2018

Trusted build of Election Management System turned over to Comelec- (GMA News)

Software for Comelec’s election management system ready- (Businessworld Online)

2019 polls source code passes foreign firm review: Comelec spokesman- (ABS CBN)


November 2018

Comelec assures public of automated election system’s integrity- (GMA News)

October 2018

Serge Osmeña pushes for return of manual voting in 2019 elections- (ABS CBN)

Comelec in talks with Smartmatic for int'l certification of source code- (GMA News)

Comelec introduces ‘enhancements’ in source code of auto polls- (Philstar)

Comelec to begin 2019 election system review next week- (ABS CBN)

September 2018

Application for source code review ends Friday- (Philstar)

Comelec opens 2019 election system to scrutiny- (Rappler)

Comelec sets review of system for transmitting election results- (Rappler)

Smartmatic still wants involvement in 2019 polls- (Philstar)


August 2018

Comelec mulls start of local source code review for VCMs in September- (Canadian Inquirer)

Smartmatic assures public of accuracy and reliability of their system- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec campaigns to remove doubts on automated elections- (UNTV)


July 2018

Pimentel open to ‘hybrid’ of manual, automated poll system- (Manila Bulletin)

Smartmatic Seeks to Apply Blockchain in Future Elections in Philippines- (Cryptovest)


June 2018

NAMFREL head believes Comelec should drop Smartmatic, look for new
technology providers- (Manila Bulletin)

House minority bloc to Comelec: Replace Smartmatic or no 2019 budget- (Inquirer)

Comelec readies for 2019 polls by opening P300-million bidding for election
materials- (Business Mirror)

Comelec allocates P174-M for lease of external batteries- (Manila Bulletin)


May 2018

Robredo may have lost 21,000 votes in 16 towns due 50% shading threshold- (Manila Bulletin)


April 2018

Valid vote threshold sought by Robredo erroneous – Marcos- (Manila Times)

Leni Robredo may lose votes due to shading limit- (Philstar)

March 2018

Brillantes doubts fraud in 2016 polls, credibility of Sotto’s source- (Inquirer)


February 2018

Namfrel: Comelec to spend more maintenance cost on VCMs- (Malaya)

Comelec renews contract with Smartmatic for 2019 elections- (Philstar)

Comelec to purchase vote-counting machines used in 2016- (ABS CBN)


August 2017

High Court absolves Comelec officials- (Manila Times)

Comelec asked to come up with new system for disposing machines- (Manila Bulletin)

Smartmatic should be suspended — Binay- (Northbound Philippines News Online)


July 2017

Filipino groups present automated poll systems, ideas in tech fair- (Rappler)

Comelec reviewing 6 tech options for 2019 elections- (Rappler)

Poll automation providers to show off tech for 2019 elections- (Inquirer)

COMELEC advisory body to hold fair to select election automation provider- (Businessworld Online)


June 2017

DOJ reverses dismissal of Cybercrime case vs Comelec, Smartmatic
execs- (Inquirer)
Smartmatic, Comelec personnel ordered indicted for Halalan 2016
script alteration- (ABS CBN)


May 2017

Comelec report on automated election system long overdue- (Manila Bulletin)

February 2017

800 voting machines found to be defective, says Comelec- (Inquirer)

January 2017

Data found in SD cards of unused vote counting machines- (ABS CBN)

Comelec starts returning voting machines to Smartmatic- (Inquirer)


December 2016

'Physical delivery' of VCMs expected of Comelec by Dec. 1 deadline, says
Smartmatic exec- (GMA News)

Smartmatic wants P2b for poll machines- (The Standard)

Comelec returns 97,000 voting machines to Smartmatic- (Rappler)


November 2016

Comelec mulls buying leased counting machines- (ABS CBN)


October 2016

Comelec returns 1,000 VCMs to Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

40 unused VCMs have corrupted SD cards: Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Comelec allots P10.6-M to diagnose used PCOS machines- (Sunstar)


September 2016

Comelec rejects Smartmatic's refund request over 2013 penalty- (Sunstar)

Not so fast, Comelec tells Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

Comelec team clears Smartmatic on script alteration on transparency server- (GMA News)


August 2016

Comelec cites merits of voter’s receipt feature- (Manila Bulletin)


July 2016

Complaint Filed Vs Smartmatic And Comelec Over Script Change Now Up
For Evaluation By Poll Body- (Asian Journal)

Smartmatic admits using unofficial servers- (Manila Times)

Hybrid polls in May ’19 pushed- (The Standard)


June 2016

Smartmatic extra services to cost Comelec P107M- (Manila Times)

Comelec hit for escape of Smartmatic engineer- (Manila Times)

SC junks petition seeking to void award of contract to Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

‘Secret server used to rig polls’- (Manila Times)

Group wants probe of Smartmatic- (The Standard)


May 2016

Smartmatic lauds 2016 elections for being the fastest ever in PHL history- (GMA News)

Bongbong to sue Smartmatic, poll execs- (Inquirer)

WATCH | Smartmatic's Jimeno: 'Was there a protocol for a minor script change?'- (Interaksyon)

Smartmatic: No intention of leaving Philippines- (Rappler)

Guanzon to Comelec: Bar Smartmatic from leaving- (Philstar)

3 Comelec SD cards found in Kabankalan dumpsite- (Manila Bulletin)

Smartmatic faces probe- (Inquirer)

Namfrel: Smartmatic man violated protocol, should be reprimanded- (Inquirer)

Marcos camp wants own IT expert to check Comelec server- (Rappler)

WATCH | Namfrel, Comelec: Change in hash code has no effect on content of
election returns- (Interaksyon)

Comelec, Smartmatic on software alteration: Cosmetic change, no effect on results- (CNN)

Comelec server hash codes altered, then Robredo votes surged – Marcos camp- (Rappler)

Comelec chief: 'New record' in transmission of election results- (GMA News)

Comelec clarifies RMA is a test of the machine performance- (Manila Bulletin)

Vote-counting machines fail in first polling hours- (Philstar)

Comelec eyes 1,000 BGAN units as back-up to transmit poll results- (Inquirer)

Comelec to hold final testing and sealing of vote-counting machines this week- (Interaksyon)

April 2016

Smartmatic: We’re 100% ready- (Inquirer)

Comelec questioned anew for poll system’s lack of TEC ‘seal of approval’- (GMA News)

Comelec: Deployment of VCM nearly finished- (Business Mirror)

Smartmatic expects to transmit all election results on May 10- (Interaksyon)

Final testing of VCMs set- (Philstar)

Smartmatic obliged to provide thermal paper—poll lawyer- (Inquirer)

60 percent of 92,000 VCMs completed —Comelec- (GMA News)

Comelec accepts paper donation- (Inquirer)

Comelec to study thermal paper offer- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec assures no shortage of ballots- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to conduct nationwide election results transmission tests- (Manila Bulletin)

On-screen vote verification cut to one second- (Inquirer)

Comelec sued in SC over Smartmatic support center- (Rappler)

Experts fear identity theft, scams due to Comelec leak- (Rappler)

How the counting machines will work in Eleksyon 2016- (GMA News)


March 2016

Return to manual elections? Debate rages- (Philstar)

Comelec, Smartmatic to be blamed for delays, glitches in the May 9 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec to file motion for reconsideration on SC's voter's receipt order- (CNN)

SC slams ‘lackadaisical’ Comelec over voting receipts- (Rappler)

Comelec: Vote receipts possible in future polls- (Philstar)

Comelec to conduct random audit in 715 clustered precincts- (GMA News)

Comelec: Ballots printed by April 25- (Philstar)


February 2016

Election data transmission prone to signal jamming- (Philstar)

Election watchdog doubts accuracy of VCMs- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec asked to use paper audit trail- (Manila Times)

PCOS-based system glitches this late in the game?- (Manila Times)

Source code for 2016 polls hard to hack, use for cheating- (GMA News)

Comelec asked to secure transmission facilities needing repair- (Businessworld)

Comelec braces for complaints after decision not to print vote receipts- (Manila Bulletin)

Cheating still possible despite secured source code- (Manila Bulletin)

Palace urges Comelec: Fix glitches- (Philstar)

Comelec to hold tests in 20 areas- (Inquirer)

Software glitches bug Comelec- (Inquirer)

90,000 vote-counting machines now in PH–Comelec- (Inquirer)

WATCH: Comelec's new storage facility for vote-counting machines- (Rappler)


January 2016

Comelec deposits election system software in BSP vault- (Rappler)

Cheating is easy in an automated system with few controls- (Manila Times)

Comelec receives final build of election system software- (Rappler)

Comelec wary of enabling 'receipt' feature of voting machines- (GMA News)

Comelec showcases vote-counting machines for first time- (Interaksyon)

SC OKs P1.7-B Comelec-Smartmatic deal- (Inquirer)

Second phase of Comelec source code review starts next week- (Businessworld)


December 2015

Ombudsman urged to act on pending cases vs Comelec execs- (Inquirer)

Comelec restores 3 of 4 safety features of voting machines- (Manila Times)

Comelec impressed with vote machine facilities- (Philstar)

Comelec inspects Smartmatic production facility in Taiwan- (ABS CBN)


November 2015

Smartmatic-TIM bags another Comelec deal- (Inquirer)

Smartmatic running circles around COMELEC Commissioners- (Manila Times)

Comelec invites parties to review source code- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec won't use PCOS machines in 2016 polls, to lease 3,540 more VCMs- (Interaksyon)

Poll watchdog wants security features back- (Inquirer)

Comelec readies PCOS for cheating – coalition- (Manila Times)

Political parties no-show at code review- (The Standard)

Bets urged to send representatives during source code review- (Philstar)

October 2015

Comelec refers Smartmatic’s poll sabotage case to DOJ- (Manila Bulletin)

‘Not enough allocation for poll result transmission’- (Philstar)

Comelec, Smartmatic claim OMR machines can't be hacked because of
strong encryption- (Interaksyon)

Maguindanao wary over security issues- (Manila Times)

Comelec names 8 groups to review source code- (Inquirer)


September 2015

No TRO, but SC tells Comelec, Smartmatic to comment- (Inquirer)

Comelec sets limit on reviewers of local source code- (ABS CBN)

Comelec presents carton voting booths prototype- (CNN)

Critics to SC: Junk Comelec ‘spending splurge’- (Rappler)

Comelec to clean, reuse 5,000 old PCOS machines- (Rappler)

All PCOs machines to be used in 2016 are new, COMELEC assures- (PIA)

Comelec mulls using some old PCOS machines- (Inquirer)


August 2015

Comelec signs deals with Smartmatic, SLI Global Solutions- (CNN)

Comelec: Source code review to start soon- (Inquirer)

Watchdogs seek SC help vs Comelec’s ‘sham bidding’- (Rappler)

Comelec sets scrutiny of voting machines 3 months before polls- (Rappler)

Comelec not giving up PCOS use- (Manila Times)

‘OMR lease P3 B costlier than refurbishment’- (Philstar)

Commissioner says Smartmatic forced Comelec’s hand - (Philstar)

Poll deal leaves Comelec ‘sad’- (Inquirer)

Comelec to rent 93K machines for 2016 but what about 80K in storage?- (Inquirer)

Will Smartmatic bag 2016 voting machine deals?- (Rappler)

SC urged to order Comelec to return to manual polls- (Inquirer)

Smartmatic’s ‘hold’ on Comelec scored- (The Manila Times)

Comelec advisers insist: Re-use PCOS- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec sets 2 crucial meetings to ensure automated polls- (Rappler)

Comelec down to 2 choices on poll system- (ABS CBN)

Comelec panel disqualifies lone bidder for poll machine refurbishment- (CNN

Bidding failure declared anew for PCOS upgrade- (ABS CBN)


July 2015

Smartmatic closer to bagging all key election deals- (Rappler)

Comelec eyeing ‘third option’ for automated polls- (Businessworld Online)

Electoral sabotage rap filed vs Smartmatic officers- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: Smartmatic bags P1.7-B PCOS deal- (Philstar)

UNA, KBL holding talks to deal with electronic poll fraud- (Philstar)

Comelec challenge: Few bidders for automated polls- (ABS CBN)

Bautista: Comelec pressed for time to ensure automated polls in 2016- (GMA News)

Comelec may tap Pinoy technology- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec open to negotiated PCOS deal- (Inquirer)

VIDEO | Buy new OMR or repair PCOS? Comelec can't decide yet- (Interaksyon)

Smartmatic, Comelec told to answer suits- (Inquirer)

Smartmatic bags P1.7-B voting machine contract- (Philstar)

Comelec junks hybrid poll option for full automation- (Philstar)

Smartmatic wins P7.8-B poll deal- (Manila Times)

Comelec to stand firm on parallel bidding tracks for PCOS, OMR- (Interaksyon)

Solon urges Comelec to use of hybrid system in 2016 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Hybrid system still among Comelec's options for 2016 polls- (ABS CBN)

Comelec: Refurbishing 80K PCOS machines presents savings, cost advantages- (GMA News)

Comelec still can’t decide on lease bid- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec reverses ruling disqualifying Smartmatic- (Philstar)

June 2015

Comelec awards contract for 23,000 OMR machines to Smartmatic-TIM- (Interaksyon)

Comelec opens bids for lease of 71,000 vote-counting machines- (Rappler)

Smartmatic has edge – Comelec- (Manila Times)

Forget hybrid voting, Comelec told- (Inquirer)

Comelec cuts budget for PCOS repair; 3 firms eye contract- (Inquirer)

Comelec to test Lagman’s system anew- (Manila Standard Today)

Smartmatic appeals disqualification- (Philstar)

Smartmatic protest still pending–Comelec- (Inquirer)

Comelec eyes to award its P2.5B lease contract next month for 23,000 OMR
 machines- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec opens bidding for upgrade of PCOS- (Inquirer)

May 2015

Comelec: PCOS bidding open to all- (Inquirer)

Watchdog group to ask Comelec to blacklist Smartmatic from 2016 preparations- (GMA News)

Comelec brushes off no-el, manual voting- (Philstar)

Comelec goals: Repair 82,000 machines, bid for 100,000 more- (ABS CBN)

Comelec disqualifies Smartmatic anew from bidding for new machines- (Inquirer)

Comelec told: Consider hybrid- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec told: Ban Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

April 2015

Comelec decides against testing electronic voting system in 2016- (Inquirer)

Comelec scraps use of touchscreen voting in 2016- (Rappler)

Comelec not closing doors on Smartmatic- (Philstar)

Comelec eyes sale of 81,000 PCOS machines- (ABS CBN)

SC: Automated elections in 2016 still possible- (Inquirer)

SC: Comelec can still 'directly contract' PCOS repair, diagnostics despite
 voided deal- (GMA News)

Comelec eyes new voting machines for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Comelec may go back to manual elections- (Philstar)

SC nullifies P268-M Comelec-Smartmatic deal- (ABS CBN)

Sereno to join majority ruling vs Smartmatic- (Manila Times)

Poll watchdog pushes for 'laptop count' to replace PCOS- (Rappler)

Comelec doubtful on touch screen technology- (ABS CBN)

Ombudsman asked to probe Comelec-Smartmatic PCOS repair deal- (GMA News)

Palace assures 2016 polls; solons urge SC to decide on PCOS repair deal- (Manila Bulletin)


March 2015

Comelec eyes alternative voting machines- (Philstar)

Comelec grants Smartmatic's appeal- (ABS CBN)

Koko wants Smartmatic punished for failure to remedy PCOS machines' digital lines- (Interaksyon)

Group accuses Comelec of favoring Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

Comelec opens PCOS warehouse for Congressional scrutiny- (Interaksyon)

Smartmatic protests disqualification to Comelec- (Inquirer)

Poll watchdog: Smartmatic will ensure administration bet’s victory in 2016- (Business Mirror)

Comelec to hold second bidding for additional voting machines- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to hold new bidding for poll results transmission- (Inquirer)

Solon wants to know why contractor submitted losing bid for poll machines- (GMA News)

Poll watchdog to bring new evidence vs Smartmatic- (Manila Standard Today)

Smartmatic faces total ban in PH – election watchdog- (Manila Times)

Comelec looking to start refurbishment of PCOS machines on march 16- (Manila Times)


February 2015

Comelec disqualifies Smartmatic, Indra from supply bid- (Philstar)

Comelec may retain source code of old PCOS machines- (Manila Standard Today)

SC seeks Comelec, Smartmatic side on IBP plea vs. PCOS repair deal- (GMA News)

Comelec to review source codes of PCOS- (Inquirer)

IBP asks SC to void Comelec-Smartmatic PCOS repair deal- (GMA News)

Rival wants Smartmatic out of poll bidding- (Philstar)

Comelec set to open bidding for additional voting machines late February- (Interaksyon)

Comelec bids out P588-M supply contract for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Philippines government to lease biometric voter verification system for 2016
 election- (Biometric Update)

Congress panel leaves to SC the legality of Smartmatic deal- (Interaksyon)

Election watchdog urges Congress to disqualify Smartmatic from 2016 polls- (Interaksyon)


January 2015

Lawmakers vouch for PCOS- (Manila Standard Today)

PCOS case: ‘Legitimacy’ of execs seen at stake- (Inquirer)

Koko urges Comelec to stop negotiated PCOS deal with Smartmatic- (Interaksyon)

With no viable admin candidate, ‘PCOS plot’ futile- (Inquirer)

Lagman accepts Brilliantes dare to bare PCOS failings- (Inquirer)

What binds Smartmatic, Comelec? Bishop asks- (Inquirer)

Poll watchdog opposes Comelec-Smartmatic deal- (Rappler)

Brillantes dares critic: Demonstrate PCOS rigging- (Philstar)

Smartmatic deal was only for diagnosis–Comelec- (Inquirer)

Comelec may still bid out PCOS repair contract- (Philstar)

Smartmatic bags P1.2B poll contract; Comelec hit- (Inquirer)

Group sees flaw in PCOS probe invitations, schedule- (Inquirer)

PCOS CHALLENGE: Indra says Comelec could face legal battle if Smartmatic wins project- (Interaksyon)

December 2014

t’s war between 2 tech firms for Comelec contract- (Inquirer)

PCOS use may cause election failure, group says- (Manila Standard Today)

Bidder confident of winning P2.5-B Comelec deal- (Philstar)

Comelec slams door to pleas to blacklist Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

Comelec BAC: Only Smartmatic passes eligibility screening for direct recording
 machines- (Interaksyon)

Comelec to decide Smartmatic fate this week- (Philstar)

Vote miscount? Comelec probes PCOS 'digital lines'- (Rappler)

Smartmatic: We own PCOS rights- (Inquirer)

New automated election provider passes muster- (Manila Standard Today)

Only 2 firms submit bid, Smartmatic questioned- (Inquirer)

Two firms left to vie for Comelec contract- (Manila Standard Today)

Pimentel hits slow pace of Comelec’s PCOS probe- (Inquirer)

Comelec opens bids for addt'l 2016 voting machines- (Rappler)

No SC TRO for Comelec PCOS bidding- (GMA News)

Smartmatic: Efforts to exclude us from bidding a 'publicity stunt'- (ABS CBN)

Bidding for purchase of poll counting machines to push through- (Inquirer)

Comelec to Smartmatic: Convince us of your right to bid- (Inquirer)


November 2014

Ex-commissioner urges Comelec to bid out PCOS upgrade contract- (Inquirer)

#PHvote wRap: Comelec plans for 2016 voting machines- (Rappler)

SC asked to stop Comelec’s bidding for new counting machines- (GMA News)

Poll watchdog to Comelec: Blacklist Smartmatic- (Rappler)

'Dagdag-bawas' through 'digital lines' in PCOS?- (Rappler)

Watchdog group wants Smartmatic out of bidding- (Inquirer)

Automated elections defended- (Inquirer)

Ex-Comelec exec warns of ‘sham’ PCOS bidding- (Inquirer)

AES Watch fears sham Comelec bidding on P2B new optical scan machines- (Interaksyon)

Watchdog group opposes more poll machines from Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Smartmatic won't have edge in bidding- (ABS CBN)

5 prospective bidders so far for election tech- (Rappler)

Comelec short-circuits bidding for PCOS refurbishing by negotiating with
 Smartmatic – labor leader- (Interaksyon)

Palace leaves PCOS machines’ 2016 fate to Comelec’s hands- (Business Mirror)


October 2014

Comelec to lease more machines for 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Comelec allots P2.5B for optical mark reader- (Manila Bulletin)

Foreign, local firms to bid for automated poll system- (MSN)

Ban Smartmatic from bidding for new machines in 2016 presidential elections
- advocates- (Interaksyon)

Group proposes low-cost vote counting system- (Gulf Times)

Comelec to reuse PCOS machines in 2016 polls- (Manila Bulletin)


September 2014

Watchdog: Scrap old counting machines- (Manila Standard)

Smartmatic not yet out as bidder for 2016 polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Public Bid for Automated Polls- (Manila Bulletin)

Comelec: Mix of old, new tech for 2016 polls- (ABS CBN)

Comelec to try touchscreen voting in 2016 polls- (Rappler)

Comelec elects to use PCOS, other machines in 2016- (Inquirer)

Comelec wants early public scrutiny of source code for automated polls- (Inquirer)


August 2014

Old, new machines eyed for 2016- (Inquirer)

Comelec urged to use other voting systems in 2016 polls- (GMA News)

Pimentel to probe use of PCOS machines in poll fraud- (Rappler)


July 2014

Comelec awaits 2016 poll tech recommendation- (Rappler)

Comelec’s P4.1-B budget for PCOS likened to ‘Voldemort’- (Inquirer)

Comelec seeking new technology for 2016 polls  (Manila Bulletin)


June 2014

Comelec urged to junk Smartmatic PCOS machines- (ABS CBN)

Comelec wants new automated machines for 2016- (ABS CBN)


May 2014

P18.3-billion budget proposed for May 2016 synchronized national
and local polls- (Business Mirror)

Comelec wants P11-B new PCOS machines for 2016 polls- (GMA News)

March 2014

Council of advisers on poll machines up and running- (Inquirer)

Probe on PCOS machines’ accuracy sought- (Manila Bulletin)

Return to manual election count pushed- (Businessworld Online)


February 2014

Comelec to sell P9-B PCOS, then buy P60-B substitutes- (Philstar)

P7 B needed for new PCOS machines- (Philstar)

Comelec needs 6,000 PCOS units- (Manila Bulletin)

TOUCHSCREEN BALLOTS | Comelec suggests use of direct-recording electronic voting machines in 2016- (Interaksyon)

Comelec urged to decide ASAP on PCOS- (Philstar)

Koko urges Comelec to get rid of PCOS in 2016- (Rappler)

Comelec plans to introduce internet voting in 2016 polls- (Sunstar)

Comelec: 10,000 PCOS machines failed to transmit election results in 2013- (ANC)

Depending on technology, 2016 polls to cost P7B to P60B- (Rappler)

Comelec: PCOS machines for 2016 polls might not come from Smartmatic- (GMA Network)

Comelec to hold trade fair on automated elections system- (Philstar)

UNA to Comelec: Don't use old PCOS machines- (ABS CBN)

Comelec mulls over sale of PCOS machines- (Inquirer)

Comelec uncertain if PCOS machines can be used in 2016 polls- (Philstar)

Comelec evaluates PCOS use in 2016 polls- (Daily Tribune)


January 2014

Pagkakaroon ng bagong voting machine, pinag-aaralan ng COMELEC- (Untvweb)

Automated elections greatly improved Philippine elections – Comelec- (PIA)

The Philippines to Form IT Advisory Council for 2016 Automated Elections- (Futuregov)


Decemember 2013

Smartmatic, academe support auto polls- (ABS CBN)

Comelec still owes P180M for PCOS machines- (Inquirer)

Can PH still use PCOS machines in 2016?- (ABS CBN)


November 2013

Comelec in talks with foreign firms for overseas internet-voting- (GMA News)


August 2013

Fate of PCOS hangs in balance- (Rappler)

SC junks petition against automated polls- (ABS CBN)

Biometrics to weed out illegal registrants- (Inquirer)

SC urged to keep poll materials in Laguna warehouse- (Sunstar)


July 2013

Brillantes tells Gordon: Why the drama on source code?- (Inquirer)

Keep PCOS machines- (Malaya)

Group sues PPCRV, poll execs over PCOS flaws- (Inquirer)

Group wants new automated system in 2016 polls- (ABS CBN)


June 2013

Manual audit shows May polls 99.97% accurate – Comelec- (Philstar)

'Election results pre-programmed'- (Menafn)

Comelec to release Random Manual Audit of May 13 polls within the week- (GMA News)

PCOS machines to go to cheaper warehouse- (ABS CBN)

Comelec mulls pilot-test for automated village polls in Metro Manila- (Inquirer)

Roller-coaster poll automation- (Inquirer)

Audit shows nearly 100% accuracy for poll machine- (Businessworld Online)

Comelec: Poll audit shows 'accurate' PCOS- (Rappler)

Comelec wants to automate barangay, SK poll- (ABS CBN)

Same problems to be repeated in 2016 national elections?- (Bulatlat)

Group wants payments to Smartmatic halted- (ABS CBN)

Comelec still owes Smartmatic P270M as retention fee – Brillantes- (Inquirer)

Smartmatic says 2013 polls successful- (ABS CBN)

Filipinos cast 766 million votes–Smartmatic- (Business Mirror)

Soaked PCOS machines moved to city warehouse- (Inquirer)

Random poll audit discrepancies negligible - Brillantes- (ABS CBN)

Comelec lacks area to store ballot boxes- (Sunstar)

San Juan NGO eyes raps vs Comelec: Where are P16M PCOS demo centers? - (Inquirer)


May 2013

Junk PCOS machines, legislators tell Comelec - (Sunstar)

Comelec failed to review source code, says poll watchdog - (Inquirer)

Bayan Muna to Comelec: Stop using Smartmatic PCOS- (ABS CBN)

Comelec validating reports poll bets had CF cards- (Philstar)

Keep PCOS in precincts? Pay for it, Brillantes tells Gordon- (Rappler)

Comelec: Source code review not useless- (Philstar)

Gordon tells Comelec: Don’t remove PCOS- (Inquirer)

PLDT: No signal woes, network traffic during elections- (Philstar)

Brillantes blames telcos anew for failure to transmit results- (Inquirer)

Brillantes: 18,000 PCOS machines had transmission problems (ABS CBN)

‘No results yet from 18,499 PCOS machines’- (Philstar)

PCOS exposed: What about elections in 2010?- (Philstar)

Why have all the digital signatures from the Election Returns been stripped?- (GMA News)

Comelec to charge destroyers of CF cards- (Inquirer)

Brillantes: Some CF cards seem to have been tampered with- (GMA News)

Brillantes: Replace PCOS machines for 2016 polls- (Rappler)

Poll watchdog warns public of Comelec-Smartmatic conspiracy- (Manila Bulletin)

Iloilo election supervisor says Commission should take note of PCOS glitches- (Media ng Bayan)

Watchdog says 2013 polls ‘worse than 2010’- (Gulf Times)

Comelec won’t probe UNA's allegations of data tampering- (GMA News)

PLDT, Globe Telecom deny Comelec claims of weak signals- (Inquirer)

Comelec to order shut down of transparency server if  - (Inquirer)

PLDT denies 'weak signal' crippled elections  (ABS CBN)

Removal of digital safeguards to ignite poll protests – Expert- (Manila Bulletin)

Random manual audit shows some differences- (Sunstar)

Smartmatic slams watchdog, calls it ‘anti-pollsl- (Vera Files)

10 million votes still unsent: Namfrel- (ABS CBN)

UNA claims Smartmatic officer manipulated PPCRV data- (Inquirer)

Comelec mulls 'diskettes' for stuck results- (Rappler)

Comelec may not pay entire P1.8B for PCOS machines- (Inquirer)

Comelec: Bad signals slow down poll count- (Inquirer)

Where are the 11.9 million votes?- (Rappler)

Widespread PCOS glitches- (Manila Bulletin)

2.2% PCOS breakdown rate recorded- (Sunstar)

Comelec: 44% precincts have transmitted results- (GMA News)

Poll chairman: Problems with PCOS machines only 'minor'- (GMA News)

Comelec to probe pre-shaded ballot in Negros Oriental- (Inquirer)

Citizens use social media to complain vs 'defective PCOS'- (ABS CBN)

Smartmatic: Trust Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Pre-shaded ballots used in Pampanga precinct , Namfrel tells Comelec- (Inquirer)

With faster counting of ballots, results in hours- (Inquirer)

Comelec reassures public: Hacking won't affect PCOS machines- (GMA News)

Comelec sees ‘near perfect’ polls- (Sunstar)

Comelec assures credibility of Pcos as 52M troop to polls- (Business Mirror)

‘Modem used for polls untested’- (Sunstar)

PCOS machines can now read ‘X’, check marks, says Comelec- (Inquirer)

PCOS machines delivered in Tawi-Tawi- (Minda News)

Comelec presents PCOS source code- (Inquirer)

Comelec-Ilocos Sur notes minor glitches in PCOS testing- (PIA)

Comelec to open source code for review today- (Philstar)

Source code opened this week for review- (Philstar)

Comelec: No glitches, sign of poll cheating- (Manila Standard Today)

Teachers grapple with technical glitches in PCOS final testing- (Davao Today)

Smartmatic: Powerful groups want manual polls- (ABS CBN)

Ex-poll commissioner, lawyer: Arrival of source code 'too late'- (GMA News)

Comelec official: 'BEIs either forgetful or stupid'- (Rappler)

Comelec to finally get source code but review to come later–Brillantes- (Inquirer)

PCOS machines did good overall–Comelec- (Inquirer)

‘No pre-poll review of PCOS source code’- (Philstar)

Kontra Daya sees chaos, failure of elections next week- (ABS CBN)

Release of source code seen this week – poll chief- (Inquirer)

One week before elections, PCOS faces more glitches- (ABS CBN)

Comelec approves security deployment plan of the PCOS in Misamis Occidental- (PIA)

It’s D-Day for PCOS machines- (Inquirer)

PCOS glitches fears allayed- (Journal Online)

Govt asks Comelec to fix glitches in count machines- (Gulf Times)

Comelec to ignore suits vs PCOS machines- (Inquirer)

Brillantes: 'X' on ballot may be counted- (ABS CBN)

SC asked to compel Comelec to show source code to political partiess- (GMA News)

PCOS testing in Pasay City successful — Comelec- (Inquirer)

Comelec conducts final check, sealing of PCOS machines- (GMA News)

Glitches seen in PCOS machines during final testing- (ABS CBN)

The source code - (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec tests PCOS one last time- (Rappler)

PCOS cleared over counting mismatch- (Rappler)


April 2013

Comelec could face raps over missing source code: group- (ABS CBN)

Brillantes hits critics on source code- (Manila Bulletin)

All Negros Occidental PCOS units accounted for- (Rappler)

Security measures in place for signal jammers - IT expert- (ABS CBN)

266 PCOS machines ‘missing’: Comelec- (Visayan Daily Star)

Comelec workers worry over non-review of source code- (Philstar)

Comelec eyes damage suit vs Smartmatic- (ABS CBN)

Comelec, NTC warn signal jammers planning to sabotage May polls- (Inquirer)

More than 3,000 PCOS machines for Cebu province arrive- (Sunstar)

PCOS machines safely arrive in Cordillera- (Sunstar)

Signal jammers not a problem in May polls - Comelec- (ABS CBN)

Do not overvote, Comelec says- (PIA)

Brillantes challenges Lagman to debate on PCOS source-code absence issue- (Inquirer)

Brillantes gives up on source code review- (Philstar)

Comelec Taguig to demo PCOS machines- (Manila Bulletin)

PCOs conk out in HK elections- (Manila Standard Today)

Source code of vote machines not yet with Smartmatic – Comelec- (Inquirer)

Three bets recall 2010 PCOS ‘flaws’- (Inquirer)

PCOS machines are tamper-free - DOST- (PIA)

Comelec opens demo center for PCOS machines in R7- (Visayan Daily Star)

PCOS of you, the rules have changed- (Inquirer)

Comelec opens demo center to educate voters about PCOS - (Sunstar)

Comelec ships PCOS machines under tight security- (Global Post)

Comelec close to deal with Dominion, Smartmatic on release of source code- (Inquirer)

Comelec tests PCOS in Benguet (Sunstar)

Chiz to Comelec: Check PCOs just to make sure- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec asked to set date for source code review- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec optimistic of getting source code of poll scanners- (Inquirer)

Finally, deal opens PCOS to scrutiny- (Rappler)

March 2013

HK voters to get only 9 PCOS machines- (Rappler)

Comelec urges public to visit PCOS demo centers- (Philstar)

Comelec optimistic of securing source code- (Inquirer)

BEI members undergo training for PCOS machine operations- (PIA)

Brillantes: No anomaly in PCOS machines in hotel- (ABS CBN)

DOST trains 16,000 election inspectors on PCOS handling- (PIA)

Election watchdog asks Comelec to prepare for ‘all contingencies,’ after it failed in AES preparations- (Bulatlat) 

Comelec chief: Source code negotiations hit a snag anew- (GMA News)

‘PCOS machines in tip-top shape’- (Philstar) 

‘Be ready for manual elections’- (Manila Standard Today)

Smartmatic bags 6th contract for 2013 polls- (Rappler)

OFWs hit shortage of PCOS machines for absentee voters in HK- (Manila Channel)

Comelec: In worst case scenario, we'll go manual- (Sunstar)

Comelec still negotiating for source code release - (GMA News)

Comelec spokesman: Recent rules on source code review done for
 'everyone’s protection' - (GMA News)

Comelec: Not all critics want source code review - (ABS CBN)

Comelec sets rules for source code review - (GMA News)

'Religious, foreign groups can't do source code review' - (ABS CBN)

Binay seeks source code review - (ABS CBN)

PCOS machines sport new feature to erase doubt on poll results - (Media ng Bayan)


February 2013

Comelec chief Brillantes: Getting source code still slim - (GMA News)

SC junks plea to stop Smartmatic from supplying CF cards for May polls - (GMA News)

SC affirms legality of Smartmatic contract on compact flash - (Inquirer)

Brillantes slams PCOS critics, cries sabotage- (Philstar)

Comelec hits groups vs poll automation scheme- (Philstar)

Even without source code, Comelec to proceed with automated polls - (GMA News)

Comelec offers to put $10M in escrow to facilitate source code release- (GMA News)

Comelec needs more IT to operate PCOS machines- (PIA)

Comelec takes PCOS on tour- (Inquirer)

PCOS cards in a dumpsite? (Inquirer)

Comelec readying extra PCOS machines- (Philstar)

Comelec says Smartmatic might be charged after May polls- (Inquirer)

Comelec open to suing Smartmatic over source code woes- (Sunstar)

PCOS technician applicants flock to city election office- (PIA)

Comelec-Cauayan City opens applications for PCOS technicians- (PIA)

Comelec on manual elections: Never again- (Inquirer)

Palace relying on Comelec to correct PCOS glitches - (Business Mirror)

Comelec: No perfect mock election- (Manila Standard Today)

Hackers cash in on fears about PCOS- (Manila Standard Today)

Comelec execs grilled at Senate over PCOS glitches- (Inquirer)

Mock elections, uulitin ng Comelec para maayos ang gagamiting PCOS Machine  - (GMA News)

Comelec to critics: It’s either PCOS or manual polls - (Philstar)

IT expert questions Comelec continued use of source code from Smartmatic- (Inquirer)

Bishop accuses Comelec of ‘stonewalling’ on PCOS- (Inquirer)

Despite glitches Comelec: Mock polls a success - (Philstar)

Dry run exposes glitches in poll equipment - (Inquirer)

Explain card deal, SC orders Comelec -  (Manila Times)

Comelec may not use enhancements in PCOS machines - (Philstar)

Comelec source code certified—Brillantes - (Inquirer)


January 2013

NPO exec: Latest technology to be used in printing May poll ballots- (GMA News)

PCOS vote machines to be tested by Comelec; media won’t witness proceedings  - (Inquirer)

Losing bidder questions Comelec on CF cards-  (Inquirer)

Comelec deputizes DepEd personnel to serve as PCOS technicians
in the May 2013 elections-  (PIA)

Pimentel to Comelec: Show us the source code- (Inquirer)

Smartmatic and Comelec collusion bared- (Manila Times)

Smartmatic Gets P45.2-M CF Card Contract - (Manila Bulletin)

Automated voting planned for more Filipino overseas voters- (Inquirer)

OFWs in the Middle East to use PCOS machines- (Sunstar)


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