Comelec optimistic of getting source code of poll scanners

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may finally get the source code of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to be used in the May 13 polls.

In a press briefing on Monday, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. disclosed that automated elections technology supplier Dominion Voting Systems Inc. had “basically agreed” to release the source code of the PCOS machines following negotiations, along with Smartmatic International.

“In my opinion, I think we might be able to get it. (Dominion) has basically agreed already,” said Brillantes. “[The chances now are] 95 percent; it’s no longer a possibility. It is now a probability that we will get it,” he said.

“We can still disagree, the negotiations can still bog down but that will just be a misfortune if it does happen,” Brillantes added.

The source code of the PCOS machines is the computer-programming language that makes the machines run.

Dominion, which owns the technology of the PCOS and had licensed it to Smartmatic, had refused to release the source code because of a pending legal case against Smartmatic.

Dominion canceled its license agreement with Smartmatic in 2012. It has been asking for $10 million from Smartmatic for the use of the source code.

Several interest groups want to review the source code which is supposed to be conducted three months before the elections in accordance with the Automated Election System law.

Brillantes said they had already set April 15 as the deadline on whether the deal over the source code would be made or not.

Meanwhile, Brillantes disclosed that the printing of the official ballots could be finished by Wednesday.

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  • Loggnat

    ‘ “We can still disagree, the negotiations can still bog down but that will just be a misfortune if it does happen,” Brillantes added. ‘ /// It will be a disaster if that will cause a failure to conduct the automated election. The ‘brilliant one’ has a talent for understating the situation if this failure to obtain the source code causes a delay or cancelling of the next election. How in the frigging way did the ‘brilliant one’ manage to get in this uncertain and intolerable situation that made it possible for Dominion Voting Systems Inc. to hold in hostage the next election in the Philippines.

  • Jerome

    In such activity like this it is important to have a copy if not a copy have the original source code. In this case should a problem arises it can easily be determined the source of the problem

  • JasonBieber

    What has the comelec been doing the last 3 years because the PCOS machines were lacking the necessary source codes and the machines have not been scanning the ballots properly? And it is only now they they might get. It seems very too close for comfort…so does that mean if they don’t get the codes we are going to have one very shocking elections.

  • disqusted0fu

    Nowadays, whatever the Comelec or even the administration per se says is not believable until we actually see it. This was a problem 3 years ago… and up to now, about a month and a half before the elections, it is still unsure if it’s going to be resolved. The Comelec is as defective as their PCOS machines!

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