By Leslie Ann Aquino
With less than a year before the May 2019 midterm elections, poll technology provider Smartmatic has assured the public of the accuracy and reliability of their system.
“Our system is accurate and 100 percent auditable. It was designed to detect inconsistencies at any level, even at the precincts,” Jane Coo, Smartmatic Philippines country president, said in a statement.
Coo added their system generates audit trails which allow all stakeholders to validate the accuracy of results.
She cited as an example the May 2016 elections wherein some 2.7-million election returns were printed out by the vote-counting machines.
“These are 2.7-million solid and unassailable record of votes. The audit trail has been reviewed extensively, proving every single time that the results were accurate and truly reflected the will of the Filipinos,” she said.
Coo added that even the random manual audit that was conducted showed the electronic count matches the manual count 99.96 percent of the time.
“The negligibly small variance can be attributed to human error. All other audits conducted have indicated that the election results are legitimate,” she said.
The Smartmatic official said this is the reason why up to this day, nobody has shown an election return that does not match the transmitted result because “no cheating” occurred.
Coo urged everyone to learn more about Smartmatic and its successful election projects all over the world so as not to be misled by “sensationalist” statements.
Last year, the Comelec en banc decided to exercise the option-to-purchase clause in their lease contract with Smartmatic for the 97,517 VCMs for P2.1 billion for them to be reused in the May 2019 polls.
Before the 2013 polls, the poll body also exercised its option-to-purchase clause and acquired all 81,896 units of Precinct Count Optical Scan machines leased for the 2010 elections, for P1.8 billion.
During the 2016 polls, the Comelec opted to lease 90,000 plus VCMs from Smartmatic due to lack of time to refurbish the PCOS machines.