The Republic of the Philippines launched an ambitious plan to use a precinct based optical scan e-counting technology to support its 2010 local and national election. Eighty-thousand scanning machines were to be deployed in the over 7,000 islands that comprise the Philippine archipelago using a complex transmission protocol that had never been used before. Interested stakeholders included government officials, candidates, political parties, the press and a host of advocacy groups were all concerned about the potential for a failed election. Our program included evaluating over 1.5 million lines of source code; hardware testing to ensure the ability to withstand environmental conditions; and functional, security, and performance testing of the integrated system. To ensure validity of results, we developed a unique trusted build process and supported stakeholder oversight of the builds. SLI built the system from the ground up based on the source code as delivered and generated binaries, rather than accept an already-built system from the vendor. SLI’s trusted build was used by COMELEC to verify that the system tested was one and the same as the system that operated on election-day.
SLI's work for the Philippines was recently highlighted in E-Voting.CC Modern Democracy Magazine: