Participants in the first round of the Local Source Code Review (LSCR) Group Discussions hosted by the Commission on Elections on 10 October 2016, provided positive reviews of the Commission's conduct of the 2016 local source code review. The series of LSCR discussions aims for a transparent review process ahead of the next automated elections.
Representatives of different political parties such as the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Liberal Party (LP), and Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), as well as the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Philippine Linux Users Group (PLUG), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) were present during the event.
"I think this move of Comelec to provide a more comprehensive source code review this 2016 elections is a move in the right direction," Dr. Pablo Manalastas of PLUG said.
Dr. Manalastas added that the 2016 National and Local Elections was the most successful computerized local elections. Ivan Uy of UNA noted that it is the most transparent since 2010.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said that there has to be a way of updating the public on what is happening during a source code review.
"The source code review assures the public that they can trust the machines which will be used in the elections and yet they are alienated from the process because it is too technical for an ordinary voter to grasp," Jimenez added.
Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia promised to incorporate the recommendations of the participants in the Terms of Reference of future reviews but stressed that Comelec would have to decide based on legal and operational matters in view of holding the elections on time.
Source: Philippine Information Agency