The Commission on Elections (Comelec) kicked off the local source code review of the automated election system (AES) on Monday, October 4, at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.
The source code is considered the “master blueprint” of the vote-counting machines that will be used in the May 9, 2022, elections. (READ: How does the PH automated election system work?)
The review of the source code is mandated by Republic Act 8436, which authorized the Comelec to use an automated election system. It allows political parties or candidates and citizens’ arms to examine and test the machines that will be used during the elections to ensure that the system is working properly and accurately.
After the examination, the machines will be locked and sealed by an election officer in the presence of the political parties, candidates, and citizens’ arms until election day, before the counting of votes begins.
In August, the Comelec opened applications for the election system review.
These are the groups who will participate in the local source code review for the 2022 elections:
- Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP)
- Partido Para sa Demokratikong Reporma (Reporma)
- National Unity Party (NUP)
- Liberal Party of the Philippines (LP)
- Unang Sigaw (Partido ng Pagbabago)
- Aksyon Demokratiko (Aksyon)
- Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban)
- Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL)
- Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
- Kaya Natin Movement for Good Governance
- Democracy Watch
- Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)
- National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)
- Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the AES
These 14 groups are two less than the number that participated in the local source code review for the 2019 election, which was heavily scrutinized by the public after reports of defective vote-counting machines, corrupted SD cards, and a seven-hour glitch that delayed the release of results. Nonetheless, a random manual audit of the elections that year yielded an accuracy rate of 99.99%.
The software provider for the 2022 national elections remains to be Smartmatic, which secured a P402-million contract in May.
The local source code review will consist of two parts: guided and unguided sessions.
Guided sessions, wherein a developer will present and discuss the source code to participants, will take place from October 5 to November 30.
Unguided sessions, wherein participants can review any part of the source code they would like to explore more, will take place from December 1 to March 31, 2022.
The source code review will continue at the Ruby Room of the Diamond Hotel. – Rappler.com
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