Brillantes: Comelec may use automated election system in May

February 13, 2013 10:17 pm 

By Janice Cave

MANILA, Feb. 13 — Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. announced Wednesday the poll body may use the automated election system for the May 13 polls despite the absence of a source code or human readable instructions.

This, after the Technical Evaluation Committee has given its go signal for Comelec to use the AES.

"TEC certified that the AES can operate properly, securely and accurately be used in the coming May 2013 elections," Brillantes said.

"The TEC recommendation came after SLI certified that the AES is operationally suitable for use and affirmed its conformance with RA9369 [Automated Election Law]," Brillantes added.

SLI Global Solutions, an international certification entity, holds the source code which might not be released to the poll body without the consent of Dominion which has a legal battle with technology provider Smartmatic.

Smartmatic is the supplier of the Precinct Optical Count Scan for the 2013 polls.

With the TEC report, Brillantes said there is no need to worry about the source code.

Meanwhile, Brillantes also lauded the Commission on Audit for issuing new rules that will penalize government officials who will use government projects for propaganda purposes.

In a resolution, COA said officials can no longer put pictures of themselves and their names on government projects.

"COA Reso 2013-004 affirms the sentiment of Comelec and of the public that government officials have no right to attribute government projects to themselves," Brillantes said.

The new rules states that all expenses incurred in violation of the Anti-Epal regulations will be disallowed in audit. (PNA)

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