Anonymous Philippines : Message to COMELEC ( MAY 2013 ELECTION )





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Published on May 7, 2013

Greetings Philippines! We are anonymous

The Constitution so asserts that "Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them." One of the processes by which people exercise their sovereignty is through voting in an election- where people choose the candidates who will best represent them, who will serve them under the principle that "Public office is a public trust." But what happens when the electoral process is so mired with questions and controversies? Can the government still guarantee that the sovereignty of the people is upheld?

While we laud the fact that the Philippines has already made a headway in the automated election system, we maintain that no system is secure. As has been said, the only secure systems are those that are unplugged or those that do not exist. There is still a possibility that precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines can be tampered with, and the compact flash (CF) cards can be manipulated or reconfigured to suit the purpose of those who plan to commit electoral fraud. According to a report released by the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) regarding the May 2010 automated elections, incidents regarding CF cards not being properly sealed and allegedly having been tampered with, security issues on CF cards reconfiguration, glitches in transmission, among others were observed. Thus, it concluded that the May 2010 automated elections is "vulnerable to widespread glitches and favorable for electronic rigging including possible pre-loading of election results." Has the Comelec addressed these issues in preparation for the May 2013 elections? Why did the Comelec not vigorously pursue the release of the source code for local review, to assure the public that there are no security breaches in the system?

The May 13, 2013 general election is fast approaching, but there are still various issues that the Comelec must address. Has the Comelec already purged its records of invalid and dead registrants? No. Can dead people vote? Why is it that those born in the 1900s up to 1930s who are already deceased or who are no longer capable of exercising their right to vote are still included in the voters' lists? Comelec, you know well that these registrants still exist in the voters' lists. Take note that the number of these invalid and dead registrants run up to millions, and these are significant figures that can alter the results of the election, in the local and more so in the national level. Cases of people using other people's information to vote and of political candidates committing electoral fraud through the use of unpurged voters' lists time and again are already sickening. This cycle has to stop. Comelec, you better clean your records.

Comelec, it is your mandate to protect the integrity of our votes. The people want an honest election. We demand legitimate election results. We hope for encouraging changes in the electoral system. Through the exercise of our right to vote, we long for our hopes, dreams and aspirations to be realized.

We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
United as one, divided by none

The corrupt fear us
The honest support us
The heroic join us

People of the Philippines, If they won't let us dream, we won't let them sleep. Expect us.


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