Monday, May 6, 2013

Groups demand 2013 election source code: Brilliantes does slight of hand trick

a civil society group has just filed a case against the Commission on Elections, questioning why the poll body failed to show the 2010 and the 2013 election source codes. These source codes should be owned by the government, and kept in Bangko Sentral vaults. Comelec chair Sixto Brilliantes plans to show the source code.

Brilliantes had earlier argued against the review of the source code, saying that section 14 of the Automated Election Law does not mandate it. Many of Brilliantes' detractors think otherwise. Political parties and other interest groups are allowed to review the source code.

The source code is the human readable script that tells you what commands the PCOS machines will read come election time. A tampered source code will show a different result.

Brilliantes said the accuracy of the PCOS machines had been tested in 100 protest cases.