SmartMatic changed server script to update Señeres name
The recent controversy on the allegations of Sen. Bongbong Marcos regarding the tampering of the Transparency Server of the COMELEC started out from an attempt to correct the entry for candidate Roy Señeres whose name was mispelled.
According to a source who was volunteering for the PPCRV as an inhouse IT consultant, there was a request (update: Rappler made the request) to change the name of Señeres since the default entry was spelled “Se?eres” (an error in the server’s strong encoding). People will notice this since the early reports of the votes published on ABS-CBN and GMA 7 carried the misspelling.
All the representatives of the major political parties were notified and agreed that an update will be made to make the correction. All the reps agreed and monitored the update.
This could have caused the hash code to change from the original string that COMELEC communicated. This would have drawn attention as per protocol but since everyone was aware of the changes, it should not have any problems.
It looks like Sen. Marcos didn’t have any representative during the whole process and thus raised the concern and used this as the reason for his allegations on the tampering.