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Comelec sees release finally of source code

Posted On 2013 Apr 04
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COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. (right) points Wednesday to the last of the 52 million plus ballots -- during the ceremonial printing -- for the May mid-term elections printed by the government's National printing Office. With him are Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph; PCOO Secretary Herminio Sonny B. Coloma; Commissioner Lucenito N. Tagle and Chairman Henrietta T. De Villa, co-founder of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. (MNS photo)

COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. (right) points Wednesday to the last of the 52 million plus ballots — during the ceremonial printing — for the May mid-term elections printed by the government’s National printing Office. With him are Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph; PCOO Secretary Herminio Sonny B. Coloma; Commissioner Lucenito N. Tagle and Chairman Henrietta T. De Villa, co-founder of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Apr 3 (Mabuhay) — Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes expects to finish negotiations with Smartmatic and Dominion for the source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines by tomorrow.

He says the local lawyers of both sides are going over some final details before sending the agreement to the US for the approval of the two companies.

He says both sides merely want to make sure that the release of the source code won’t affect their legal battle in a Delaware court over collections. Dominion owns the software that runs the PCOS machines, which it licensed to Smartmatic.

The source code is the human readable instruction that runs the PCOS machines. The Automated Election Law requires that the source code be made available to political parties and interested groups for their review.

The source code review is meant to boost the credibility of the election by ensuring that no malicious code has been programmed to rig the PCOS machines. (MNS)

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