Comelec agrees to let Gordon, interested parties to review source code

May 10, 2013 1:10 am 

MANILA, May 9 — Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes agreed yesterday to grant access to UNA Senatorial bet Richard “Dick” Gordon and other interested parties to review the source code that Dominion Voting System, Inc. brought into the country over the weekend.

During the oral arguments at the Supreme Court, Brillantes relented to allowing the review of the source code.

“Had we not filed the Mandamus case, we would never have been given the time of day,” Gordon said. “This is a victory for the people as we will now be able to have access to that once elusive source code”, Gordon added.

Gordon explained that all he wanted was for Comelec to follow the law and protect the people.

Gordon’s sentiments were echoed by the president of the Infocomm Technology Association of the Philippines, Damian “Dondi” Mapa. “This development is something we have long waited for,” Mapa said. He further added that, “The next step is to determine whether this source code is truly what was compiled then installed in the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine”.

Mapa expressed relief that someone of Gordon’s stature finally took the cudgels of the IT industry which has been trying to get the Comelec to listen to their views and suggestions for the longest time. “The voters should realize that the source code is so important such that if it is manipulated, it can totally destroy the credibility and honesty of the elections,” Mapa declared.

“Now that someone like Senator Gordon is fighting for us and the people, we are confident that one day we will truly see a clean, honest and credible elections,” Mapa said.

Towards the end of the proceedings, the Comelec agreed with the suggestion of the Supreme Court to start the process for the release of the 2010 source code for review of all interested parties. (PNA)

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