There is now strong evidence that the 2013 senatorial race that saw the majority of President Aquino’s senatorial candidates winning and in an improbable vote number pattern, was won through massive manipulation.
This proven poll fraud also substantiates the charges leveled against the Aquino himself and against Liberal Party administration of cheating, along with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic and its automated pre-programmed fraud that resulted in the 60-30-10 vote pattern.
The May 2013 automated elections were technologically and politically a corrupted election process that showed the ineptitude of the Comelec at its worst.
With the Comelec’s systematic denial of major safeguards, standard verification, and audit mechanisms, the results of the mid-term elections are not only highly improbable and questionable but also highly suspect to have been manipulated casting doubt on the credibility of the election outcome — worse than what happened in 2010, whose vote results were also manipulated in favor of the incumbent president.
The broad citizens’ election watchdog, Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch), the other day declared this, as it concluded its further investigation into the 60-30-10 pattern in the senatorial contest.
The study reaffirmed AES Watch’s and other election watch groups’ post-election concerns that there is a basis to suspect pre-programming or systematic data manipulation of the 2013 mid-term elections.
IT experts, statisticians, and social scientists involved in the AES Watch studies have challenged the Comelec to disclose critical information including Smartmatic’s precinct count optical scan (PCOS) source code, transmission and audit logs to disprove the findings.
AES Watch spokesman, DLSU Prof. Nelson Celis, who is also former president of the Philippine Computer Society (PCS), dared anew the Comelec to debunk the organization’s findings by disclosing once and for all the software system used in the 2013 elections and other vital election documents.
Celis said unless Comelec, through its chairman, former election lawyer Sixto Brillantes, Jr., will do so, the indications of a systematic cover-up and zero transparency on how the votes were really counted and on the zero integrity of the election system will forever be etched in the country’s poll history.
“Indeed,” he said, “the 2016 presidential election is in danger of meeting the same fate or worse.”
The suspicious 60-30-10 pattern in the Senate race that showed majority of votes for the Team PNoy is “highly significant” with “0 probability of being due to chance,” the AES Watch research team that completed the study last week revealed.
CenPEG Fellow and Ateneo Math professor Felix Muga II, who led the team of statisticians and researchers backed by a peer review of 10 academic experts that included statisticians, mathematicians, and IT programmers said the pattern was not the result of an independent decision by the country’s millions of voters but, citing an expert statistical opinion, was the due to “a pre-arranged algorithm or computer program.”
A National Young Scientist awardee, Muga II chairs the Mathematical Sciences Division of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).
The 60-30-10 pattern in the senatorial results was first exposed by Muga II one week after the May 2013 elections. The mid-term elections were also tainted by reported program tampering by technology supplier Smartmatic during canvassing, massive PCOS breakdowns and transmission failures, proclamation of senatorial winners with only partial results and based on what Comelec called “projected results,” questionable setbacks of a large number of candidates in their own bailiwicks, and other issues.
With no source code reviewed prior to the elections and program deficiencies of the Smartmatic system uncorrected, latest informed reports say the election program designed for the 2011 ARMM regional election – which was aborted – was used instead for the 2013 elections. How a software that was purportedly designed for a regional election in southern Mindanao could have been used for a nationwide election with tens of thousands of candidates remains a mystery, AES Watch said.
Two reporters were also killed mysteriously last July 30 for exposing a post-election ballot printing by a private printing company.