Comelec: Source code debacle now resolved

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[/caption] Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the arrival of the source code will settle the issue of credibility of the upcoming elections. “We are opening it for review, in compliance with the law. The source code review by political parties is not a prerequisite but it will show the elections will be credible,” Brillantes said. “Ngayon, dun na kami magko-concentrate sa election day. Okay na. Dumating na ito, sana tumahimik na tayo pare-pareho at sinasabi ko paulit-ulit konting dasal na lang tayo hanggang Lunes. Matatapos na ang eleksyon na ito at magpapahinga na tayo pare-pareho,” he said. Earlier, civil society group AES Watch filed a case against the Comelec before the United Nations over the non-disclosure of the source code. The same group has also said that there is no longer use for the release of the source code there is no more time to review it prior to the May 13 elections. The source code — encoded in a compact disc — was turned over to the Comelec by Systest Labs Inc (SLI), the independent group that authenticated the source code from software owner Dominion. The original copy will be sent to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for safekeeping. The turnover was witnessed by Comelec accredited citizens’ arms, political parties and the poll body’s Project Management Office and Technical Evaluation Committee. But, former Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) commissioner Dondi Mapa said it is also important for the public to verify the source code. ?SLI and Dominion are comparing their source code versions. But when can we verify if that?s really what?s installed in the PCOS machines?? asked Mapa, who is now the national technology officer of Microsoft Philippines. On Wednesday during the oral arguments at the Supreme Court, Brillantes invited the petitioner, former Sen. Richard Gordon, for the review of the source code. Brillantes clarified that the source code review would still be allowed even after the election for validation purposes. The Comelec earlier maintained it is not mandatory in the conduct of the election to have the source code review by the political parties because the law merely requires it in the preparations for the elections. ? with reports from PNA]]>

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