Comelec validating reports poll bets had CF cards

Louis Bacani - The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is verifying reports that some politicians possessed compact flash (CF) cards of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the recently concluded 2013 polls.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a television interview on Monday morning that the poll body is validating resurfacing allegations that poll candidates blocked or destroyed some CF cards, which are used to store data in computers and devices.
"It's very important that we lay this matter to rest because this is a very critical issue. Politicians should not have CF cards in their possession. Politicians should not be able to access the CF cards," Jimenez said.
He said  they have been validating similar reports in the past days and that they will provide results within this week.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brilliantes Jr. said it’s possible that the CF cards were destroyed to corrupt the data contained in them, resulting to a manipulation of election results.
He suspected that if a politician doesn't like the election results, he would have destroyed the CF cards so that the results will not be transmitted. Related story: Brillantes suspects attempt to manipulate poll results
Meanwhile, the Comelec is still also studying the problems that delayed the electronic transmission of election results two weeks ago.
Jimenez said the problems experienced in the 2013 polls were a "mixture of causes" such as difficulties with the transmission signal, physical components of the PCOS machines and the CF cards.
"We're still looking at the possibility that some of the corrupted CF cards may have been a factor. Certainly, it slowed us down because in some cases we had to replace them," said Jimenez.
"Right now, we know the extent of the problem but we have to really drill down to the details to find out what caused each instance of the problem," he added.
Last week, media reports quoted Brillantes as saying that about 18,000 of the 78,000 PCOS machines (25 percent) suffered transmission lags.










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