The Commission on Elections (Comelec) chief on Friday clarified that former senator Richard Gordon can still review the source code used by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines during the May 13 polls.
Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. reiterated that his commitment made in open session still remains, allowing Gordon and his political party to review the source code.
“He is always invited to come anytime he likes. We actually have a deadline for that but we are still opening the review of the source code for him,” the poll chief said.
On Tuesday, the High Court directed the poll body to comment on the petition filed by Gordon to cite Brillantes in indirect contempt for not allowing the former senator and his party, Bagumbayan, to review the source code.
Section 12 of the Poll Automation Law provides that the Comelec should make the source code “available and open to any interested political party or groups, which may conduct their own review”.
Political parties that were able to conduct the source code review were the Liberal Party (LP), United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
However, Brillantes said all the requirements should be submitted first and regulations must be followed by Gordon.
“The commitment we made is to allow him to look at the source code. But it is not an unconditional statement,” the poll chief said.
“Come to us and give us the requirements, such as who will do the review and names of your technicians, so you can start the source code review,” he added.
Comelec Resolution 9651 provides that those who will be allowed to review the source code are interested political parties duly registered with the Comelec; independent candidates running for a national post; and interested groups that posses the technical capability and expertise in conducting the source code review.
The Comelec resolution added that personnel that will conduct the actual source code review must have at least a four-year bachelor’s degree related to information technology, as well as have at least two related publications or five years experience in computer systems development specializing in computer systems security.
Johanna M. Sampan