Source Code Review continues in the Philippines ahead of the 2016 elections

Manila, The Philippines - February 1, 2016 - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched on February 1 the second phase of the source code review which began in October 2015. This review is part of the joint efforts being carried by Smartmatic-TIM and Comelec to promote transparency ahead of the 2016 elections.
Authorities, election watchdogs, political parties, media, and other advocacy groups attended the launching of this new audit. As key stakeholders in the elections, these same groups have been actively scrutinizing the technology to be used on May 9.

During this second phase, attendants will examine that the source code of the programming which powers the platform, which comprises counting machines, election management software and the consolidation and canvassing system, follows the requirements specified by Comelec. The review is expected to conclude in March, two months before Election Day, and will be held at De La Salle University in Manila.

“Alongside Comelec and other stakeholders, we are going to great lengths to build trust through transparency,” said Elie Moreno, the Smartmatic-TIM2016 consortium's Project Director. “This level of auditability and scrutiny is making the Philippines a world reference for election administration. And it is also setting a positive precedent for future elections in the region.”

The first stage of the source code review began in October 2015 and lasted until December. To help participants study the system thoroughly, Smartmatic-TIM assigned IT professionals who were available every day at the Brother Andrews Hall in La Salle University, where the review was conducted.

As part of the set of exhaustive audits to be carried before the election, the US-based company SLI Global Solutions (SLI) was hired by Comelec to perform an independent review of source code running the system. On January 27, SLI certified that indeed the final source code is fit for its purpose.