Teachers says safeguards lacking in vote-counting machines, a national concern

March 14, 2016

“We, teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers are gravely concerned on “serious issues” on the automated election system (AES). The issues since 2010 are the same unresolved problems under a foreign-controlled automated election system. Safeguards remain uncertain and it looks COMELEC is not interested to address them,” Mr. Benjie Valbuena, President of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said.

Comelec must heed the call of the people to activate the vote verification features on both the machine screen and confirmation receipt because we have no way of determining if the correct program is installed in the VCMs.

This is not a simple technical matter that may prolong the voting procedure, we are concerned about the end-results of the people’s votes considering those VCMs have “rejected or misread valid ballots and sent “erratic” transmissions of results during the mock elections.

Every vote matters. Yet we are confronted with an unreliable, foreign-controlled election system that threatens to undermine the results of the upcoming elections as pointed out by Kontra Daya co-convenor Sr. Mary John Mananzan OSB.

“Teachers and the public must exercise heightened vigilance on the conduct of the automated polls yet the demand for transparency through the verification of votes via the machine screen and a printout of the confirmation receipt is being rejected by the Comelec. The SC ruling must be upheld and Comelec must stop acting as an apologist of Smartmatic too,” Mr. Benjie Valbuena ended. ####

Reference: Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, Chairperson, ACT, Contact No. 09162294515