THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that the source code to be used in the automated elections in May was deposited in escrow at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday.
This comes after months of local and international source code review conducted by the Comelec. By law, the readable version of the Automated Elections System (AES) should be available for review by concerned stakeholders.
Depositing the source code with the central bank is in line with Republic Act 9369 or “The Election Automation Law.”
“This is a procedure required by RA 9369 to ensure the preservation of the integrity of the codes running the AES,” Comelec Spokesperson James B. Jimenez said in a social media message.
The election period for this year’s national and Local elections began on Jan. 13. — Gillian M. Cortez