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Tokyo Stock Exchange does not disclose electronic voting “source code”, risk of attack



The primary election mock broadcast will be the previous national election.  /DEM files.

The primary election mock broadcast will be the previous national election. /DEM files.

The Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) has considered not disclosing the “source code” of overseas electronic elections in order not to jeopardize the voting of El Salvadorans abroad who only participate in presidential and parliamentary elections.

The organization has asked the top electoral body to make available to the public and experts the so-called “source code” produced by a company hired by the Tokyo Stock Exchange to conduct electronic voting for the first time in the 2024 elections. .

The Voting Initiative describes the instructions and procedures that the electronic voting system performs to receive, store, process and tally the votes of El Salvadorans abroad, so it is necessary to know the source code of the electronic voting system. I claimed.

A TSE source told Diario El Mundo that the university institution, made up of 10 magistrates, is considering not disclosing the source code on the day, and thus will be exposed to “attacks” during that period. It will be.

According to Eduardo Escobar, director of Acción Ciudadana and member of Votante, the access will allow scholars to determine that the system is correct and that there are no errors in vote counts. “You must remember that the source code is for transparency issues and contains instructions given to the program. Any failures will cause data processing problems.” He explains Escobar.

Auditing depends on the type of code.

Juan Contreras, who has served as legislative counsel on election matters, explained that the court must have defined the types of systems and source code, and that there were too many types of systems and source code, each with a particular type of system and source code. You said you have the source code. audit. “Each cipher has its own audit system, so once it is decided which one to use, we can know which one is the best,” he said.

A recent amendment to the Criminal Code provides that anyone who attempts to access the voting system to alter the results can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.


TSE does not yet have a list of potential candidates to implement an electronic voting system regulated by the Foreign Suffrage Special Law, which was approved by the Legislative Assembly in November 2022.

According to people familiar with the matter, the $70.6999979.74 bill initially sought by the Tokyo Stock Exchange from the Ministry of Finance was an “aerial estimate,” which was the result of comparing spending with other countries that conduct electronic voting.

The magistrate is unaware of detailed cuts to national election budgets and foreign voting budgets.

Source: Diario Elmundo

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