Smartmatic is election-ready
Manila, The Philippines - May 4, 2016 - “It’s 'all systems go' for the upcoming elections” stated Smartmatic Project Manager Elie Moreno at the Philippine Star office after a mock election yesterday. “With all the technology basically in place and ready to receive voters, we are now counting on the approximately 300 thousand Filipinos that are working on the elections to make it happen. The men and women who will help conduct the deployment are the true heroes of this election.”
During his intervention, Moreno listed the many audits, reviews, certifications and verifications the Automated Election System underwent during the months preceding the election. These activities are conducted to guarantee legitimate results and the level of transparency every election deserves.
Moreno explained that the Pre-Election Logical Accuracy Test (Pre-LAT) and Transmission Readiness Test, which were completed in the last week, are critical in attaining smoothly-run elections.
The source code review done by political parties, NGOs, and international certifier SLI Global was finalized earlier, about two weeks back. This eight-month-long activity proved the source code runs properly.
The Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) is currently underway. This test, scheduled to conclude on the eve of Election Day, is performed by teachers in every precinct to ensure the Vote Counting Machines work correctly. The FTS should be the final process before more than 50 million Filipino voters head to the polls to cast their votes.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista mirrors similar confidence in the readiness of the upcoming elections. Presenting the poll body’s preparedness in a Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) forum, Chairman Bautista said that “Comelec is better prepared in 2016 as compared to 2010 and 2013”.
“Our object for 2016 is credible elections, first and foremost. And credible elections should not only be honest, but also perceived to be honest by the majority of the citizenry”, the Chairman added.
Smartmatic’s National Technical Support Centre (NTSC) has been set up as a call center to assist the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) operating the VCMs on Election Day.