Comelec entrusts the source codes of the transmission routers to the BSP for safekeeping

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The Elections Commission escrows the Source Codes of the Transmission Router to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for safekeeping. Photo of President Saidamen Pangarungan’s office

MANILA, Philippines – The Electoral Commission (Comelec) on Monday filed the source codes of the transmission router at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipnas (BSP) in escrow for safekeeping until after the May 9 elections.

Source code, created by programmers, consists of human-readable instructions that define how a computer works.

“The Comelec comes again to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, in accordance with [Republic Act No.] 9369, this time to deposit the final trusted version of the source codes of the election results transmission services,” said Comelec President Saiamen Pangarungan.

“These source codes have been certified by the international certification entity, Pro V&V of Alabama, [United States of America]. Through Pro V&V, the Technical Evaluation Board has certified that these source codes work properly, securely, and accurately. It takes one less worry away from us and brings us even closer to a successful election in a week,” he added.

Comelec commissioner Marlon Casquejo, meanwhile, said the BSP filing could be the last for this year’s elections.

“We have already tested this forwarding router in our data centers and it has passed all necessary modifications. So I think this will be the last, hopefully, and there will be no more changes to our source codes,”

BSP Managing Director Rosabel Guerrero assured that the source codes will be safe as only Comelec officials have custody of the keys and combination codes.

“These source codes should be kept safe in a highly protected vault and secured with a series of metal locks and combination codes,” she said.

“Keys to metal locks as well as combination codes will be in the sole custody of designated Comelec officials,” Guerrero continued.

In January, Comelec and BSP signed an escrow agreement for the safeguarding of the source codes of the automated electoral system.

VDE

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