LRV calls for vigilance against ‘Hocus PCOS’

NAGA CITY—Former Rep. Luis R. Villafuerte urged a group of candidates, members of the media, and political supporters at The Tent Avenue Plaza on Saturday to urge the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to bring back the security features of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) Machines.

LRV calls for vigilance against ‘Hocus PCOS’
Said machines have been dubbed by election watchdogs as "Hocus PCOS" after allegations of numerous irregularities surfaced after the 2013 polls.

Villafuerte, who is running for Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative, said the disabling of the security features seriously undermined the legitimacy and credibility of the elections.

The four security features include Ultra Violet Detectors, Source Code Review, Voter Verification Paper Audit Trail, and Digital Signatures.

The Ultra Violet Detectors are intended to prevent the use of fake ballots and prevent the pre-loading of spurious votes into the CF cards. The Source Code Review is intended to insure the integrity and credibility of the automated election system by subjecting the source codes of the entire system to independent review and forensic examination. The Voter Verification Paper Audit Trail is intended to assure the voter that his votes had been correctly read and counted by the voting machine. Lastly, the Digital Signature is intended to authenticate all transmitted election results and prevent the transmission of fake election results via unauthorized network intrusion or hacking.

Villafuerte also told the audience to be vigilant in the upcoming elections, not only against candidates who employ unfair practices, but also against unscrupulous individuals who wish to manipulate the results of the polls.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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