Comelec told to release PCOS-OMR source code

Various groups today challenged the Commission on Elections to release the source code of the for the Precinct Count Optical Scan-Optical Mark Reader (PCOS-OMR) technology to be used for the 2010 elections.

In a joint statement, the groups said that the source code should be opened to IT professionals and other parties interested in scrutinizing and testing it.

“Comelec and its bidders must convince the country’s 50 million voters that their source code is not vulnerable to either hacking or rigging and that their votes will be counted accurately,” the statement said.

The signatories to the statement cited a study by the Center for People Empowerment and Governance that said, among others, that the Comelec is unprepared and ill-equipped to address the complexities of next year’s automated elections.

Here is the joint statement:

Reveal PCOS-OMR source code, Comelec told

Below meanwhile is the Cenpeg study:

Cenpeg Policy Study on Automated Elections