THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday renewed its call for more groups to participate in the source code review of the automated election system to be used in the 2022 national and local elections. 

“We once again call on election stakeholders to proactively take part in scrutinizing the technology and studying the system that will be used in the May 9, 2022 polls,” Comelec Spokesperson James B. Jimenez said in a statement.

“This activity is a key component of the Commission on Elections’ commitment in promoting transparency and building public confidence and trust in the electoral process,” he said.

The application deadline for reviewers is Sept. 10 based on Comelec Resolution 10712, but Mr. Jimenez said in a Viber message to reporters that “too few” parties have applied so far.

Under the resolution, those qualified to review the local source code are political parties, previously certified organizations, and information technology groups registered and/or accredited by the Comelec.

Republic Act 9369 or the Poll Automation Law mandates that the source code be open and available for review by stakeholders. — Bianca Angelica D. Añago