Open systems solutions (OES) for the 2010 elections? UP Diliman's Computer Science Department was already tapped to develop the open source software for the proposed OES. Former COMELEC chair Christian Monsod said the OES automated election system costs around P4 billion, as opposed to the proposed P11.3 billion supplemental budget for the poll automation. TransparentElections.org head Augusto Lagman said open source software could safeguard against tampering of the software code because developer communities can check and improve on it, unlike proprietary software that’s only available to the vendor.
Under the OES system, votes are cast and tallied manually at the precinct level. Election results are then brought to a school for encoding by volunteers. Board of election inspectors will then validate the encoded election results before posting to the web. Board of canvassers will access the public database for precinct voting results to produce the statement of votes and certificates of canvass. Media can access the results on the database and via mobile phones. Database results may then be compared with election returns posted on each precinct door.
Wow. With everyone having access to the voting results data, it would be quite difficult to manipulate the results. Hope this flies.