PH COMPUTER SOCIETY: Smartmatic "illegally" inserted character during live transmission of 2016 votes

NEWS BY PNA: Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday described the answers of Smartmatic on the issue of the character “ñ” that was suddenly changed in the middle of the counting and canvassing of votes during the 2016 national elections “unacceptable” and “unbelievable.”

The issue of the questionable character was raised against the provider of the automated election system (AES) during the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the AES after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) could not satisfactorily answer why Smartmatic changed the computer script of the transparency server in mid-count.

The Comelec earlier confirmed that the script of the transparency server was tweaked, but only to correct a character in the names of candidates with “ñ” in them. xxx
Comelec executive director Jose Tolentino initially explained that the “ñ” is not part of the three main source codes related to the counting, canvassing and consolidation of votes, but is rather inn the transparency server. xxx

However, Philippine Computer Society director Edmundo Casiño said the insertion of ”ñ” in the middle of a live transmission is a clear violation of the automated elections law.

“You don’t do that in a live transmission or production run because that is direct tampering,” Casiño said. SOURCE: Sotto finds Smartmatic’s answer on ‘ñ’ ‘unacceptable, unbelievable’; By PTV News - August 6, 2018;

WHAT IS SMARTMATIC? Smartmatic is a Venezuelan-owned multinational company that specializes in technology solutions aimed at governments. It is organized around producing electronic voting systems, smart cities solutions (including public safety and public transportation), and identity management systems for civil registration, as well as authentication for government applications.; 

BONGBONG'S CASE: Days after the May 2016 elections, Bongbong Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, alleged that Smartmatic had tampered with the votes which cost him being elected Vice President of the Philippines and criminal proceedings were filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against Comelec personnel as well as Smartmatic employees, with Election Commissioner Rowena Guanzon stating that Smartmatic had violated protocols.; Uy, Jocelyn R. (14 May 2016);

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