Elections source code now in safekeeping

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) now possesses the thumb drive that contains the final format of the software that will run the election management system in the May 9 polls.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairperson Andres Bautista and Senior Commissioner Robert Lim brought the thumb drive in a sealed metal box to the central bank's main office on Wednesday (January 27).

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BSP Deputy Governor Vicente Aquino received and accompanied their transfer to the vault. Cameras were not allowed at the secured area.

The thumb drive contains the software codes. It is wrapped in a sealed and signed envelope that also contains the certification by international IT company SLI Global, the Comelec and the Technical Evaluation Committee of the Department of Science and Technology.

Lim said that aside from the copy kept by the BSP, only the manufacturer Smartmatic has a copy of the code.

The BSP  will hold it in escrow — in its highly secured basement vault.

This will prevent any tampering of the the system, or any attempt by someone to get their hands on the key to the software.