Daily Tribune : Comelec inviting more AES reviewers

News & Interviews
8 September 2021

By Larry Payawal | Daily Tribune

This activity is a key component of the Commission on Elections’ commitment to promoting transparency and building public confidence and trust in the electoral process

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday reiterated its call for parties to participate in the source code review of the Automated Election System (AES) for the next year’s elections.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez made the appeal after noting “too few” applications from different parties received by his office.

“We once again call on election stakeholders to proactively take part in scrutinizing the technology and studying the system that will be used in the 9 May 2022 polls,” Jimenez said.

“This activity is a key component of the Commission on Elections’ commitment to promoting transparency and building public confidence and trust in the electoral process,” he added.

The deadline for submission of applications is on 10 September.

Qualified Local Source Code Review (LSCR) participants could come from political parties or coalition of parties duly registered and/or accredited by the Comelec, including partylists; Legitimate organizations or groups accredited by the Comelec; Information technology (IT) groups known and recognized as existing in the IT community, recommended by the Comelec Advisory Council and/or the Department of Information and Communications Technology; and civil society organizations.

The online application form for the LSCR observer’s accreditation form may be accessed at https://forms.office.com/r/du78h28jQP.