Comelec to release poll machine’s 2010 source code for review


MANILA, Philippines—To finally silence his critics, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Friday that he was arranging to have the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine source code used in the 2010 automated elections released for their review.

“It will debunk what was stated by those people that there was no source code in 2010,” Brillantes told reporters Friday afternoon after he went to the Bangko Sentral ngPilipinas where it is stored to arrange its release.

“Nobody has reviewed [the source code] in 2010 so if they want to review it we will open it to them,” Brillantes said. “Anyway it will no longer be used in the [upcoming] elections.”

The source code is the computer program that runs the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines when it counts the votes.

The 2010 source code is different from the 2013 source code because the Comelec had asked for several improvements on the PCOS.

The 2013 source code however has not yet been released pending a legal dispute in the United States between Smartmatic, the company contracted by Comelec to conduct the automated elections, and Dominion Voting Systems Inc, the owner of the PCOS technology.

Lack of source code

Several groups have criticized the lack of a source code review saying it casts doubt on the results of the elections because they don’t know how the PCOS counted the ballots.

“They have been questioning the credibility of 2010 and they are also applying it to 2013, they are not saying anything new,” Brillantes said.

“[It’s] all noise, nobody has yet brought evidence to show that the results of the 2010 elections was wrong, not one,” he said.

When asked why the critics were not showing evidence, Brillantes said: “because the results are correct, it has been tested in over a hundred protest cases, it shows that the results of the PCOS is correct, so there is no evidence that the PCOS is wrong

UN case

Earlier Friday, several civil society groups said during a press conference in the University of the Philippines that they would file a case against the Comelec before the United Nations Committee on Human Rights.

They alleged that Comelec had violated their “right to free expression of their will as electors  when it gave complete control of the technical aspects of the automated elections to a foreign entity, Smartmatic.”

They also cited the lack of a source code review in the 2010 elections as basis for the complaint.

Brillantes however dismissed the complaints as a mere “publicity stunt” and that they were going to the UN because they could not win in the Supreme Court.

“They can not win in the SC so they cannot find any other court to run to,” Brillantes said.

“We will [ignore] them, we are too close to the elections to pay any attention to their case abroad,” he said.

He said he was confident that the case would not prosper.

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  • Albert Einstien

    TAMA si GUINGONA at GORDON…..I WILL vote VOTE for GORDON….visionary action man….

    other than COMELEC…who AMONG the 2010 CANDIDATES had ACCESS or
    BOUGHT by the BILLIONS the SOURCE CODE for 2010 elections…….sino
    kaya sa KANILA …..REMEMBER madaming PCOS MACHINE na LOSTor quarantine
    DAW ng 2010…sino ang NAKAWALA at kung nasuli man sino at SAAN ang mga
    ITO NAKITA….kung me source code ( PIN CODE )..tapos me pcos machine (
    atm card ) ang mga sindikato…..parang UNLIMITED WITHDRAWAL ng pera
    yan sa ATMs…je je

    ..82,000 ang pcos ng 2010..ilan lang GINAMIT at ilan ang NAWALA ,

  • FreemindOnline

    Its not a matter of cheating or program bugs, but rather a matter of process. An election is the only way majority can be formally recorded and heard. It is very important, an utmost priority that when it comes to digital processes, source code audit is a must by local software engineers approved/selected by Comelec or whatever branch of government that will handle this. Or if Comelec doesn’t trust local IT engineers and experts, hire a offshore specialized IT organization that deals with this kind of work like what developed countries do to get a third opinion other than the supplier and provider of the Pcos system.

    A lawyer(s) can technically state that the software/program is working as intended but can also technically state that they have no knowledge that hidden codes are inserted — safety net because they are not IT experts. Innocent until proven guilty “Justice is Blind” which when used to program development is a paradox. The question of proof to prove guilt, in this case bugs in the Pcos system if any is an end result. The required auditing of program codes is a standard process before a software is delivered and/or implemented unless otherwise its an unintended action by decision makers that lack technical knowledge in overseeing more than his own expertise. Mr Brillantes is a respectable man, but teaching old dogs new trick is well a tricky one especially if his cup is already full. He may see the point but legally wont stand up in court.

  • Ako_Hiking

    It is not all noise Mr. Brillantes…it is your Comelec that was the one that said there were problems along with Smartmatic. The problem now is that the Comelec has not done anything major to resolve that problem. They are the ones that said that they will do away with source codes in these elections because there is not enough time to attain and review the source codes.

  • mave

    sige release nyo na…pa copy ako…hehehe

    • sanjuan683

      Ang mokong na Brillantes na ito pa-ayaw-ayaw pa ipakita ang source code. Mabuti na lang maraming pumalag.Pag-nainis ako kay Brillantes ay titinain ko ang buhok niya.

  • Albert Einstien

    in 2010 billions WERE PAID TO RIG 2010 ELECTIONS as admitted by whistle blower but the YELLOW want to HOLD power that is why they kept silent so as not to fuel instabIlity…but WHAT REALLY happened to the WILL of the PEOPLE ?….they should INVESTIGATE 2010 elections for the sake of HISTORY….

    • sanjuan683

      hehehehehe haka-haka lang dayaan para maliban ang publiko na wala na pala isasain at wala na kakain ang mga mahihirap.


      ????? OK ka lang? mukhang nahawa ka kay spitfire TOBY BADING hahaha mukhang nagbanatan kayo ah hahah BADING ka na rin hahahaha

  • disqusted0fu

    With or without a source code, the bottom line is that there were glitches on the voting machines in 2010 and Brillantes himself admitted that. Besides, 2010 is in the past and we already have PCOS elected officials at present. It is more important now to release the review of the source code for 2013, if there really is a source code.

  • Jlgp Jong

    pabasa at pacopy ng source code…hehehehehehe

  • jose_guev

    the source code should NOT be released. critics have no substantial evidence of cheating. the courts have ruled against them time and time again. only when the critics actually have evidence that there was any kind of cheating during the 2010 elections involving the source code should the latter be made public.

  • hustlergalore

    sana ma-publish ang source code at mabasa ko rin. hehehehe

  • hustlergalore

    ebidensiya? tanungin ninyo ang antipinoydotcom. baka meron sila, for sure! na-connect the dots na nga nila lahat e with twists and turns. LOL

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