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Comelec assures public of integrity of automated election system

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The executable file of the “trusted build” of the Election Management System (EMS) of the Automated Election System that will be used in the May 2019 midterm polls has been turned over to the Commission on Elections en banc.

Comelec – 2019 Elections steering committee head Commissioner Marlon Casquejo turned over the executable file to the en banc Monday in Intramuros, Manila.

The poll official showed to the media the printed hash-code and thumb drive containing the executable file of the “trusted build” EMS before placing them in a lock box. The lock box was then placed inside a ballot box.

The lock box will be escrowed at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) next month.

To note, the EMS is the one that compiles the number and profile of registered voters, their geographic locations, polling precinct information, among others, all of which are necessary in designing the official ballots.

The “trusted build”, meantime, is the process of assembling the overall program that will govern the entire AES using the reviewed components.

In a press briefing, Casquejo assured the public of the integrity of the AES.

“It was already reviewed. It means it does not contain any malicious codes or wrong codes,” he said.

“When it comes to source code review, I can assure you that there is no malicious source code that was inserted,” added Casquejo.

The vote counting machines (VCM) and consolidation and canvassing system (CCS) will also undergo the same trusted build process.

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