SLI Compliance® has completed multiple electronic election system testing projects for the Republic of the Philippines, which have been successfully used to support the country’s elections. The initial project was a first of a kind international certification test program conducted by a US company.


AES Certification Testing for 2016 National Election
Republic of the Philippines – COMELEC, September 2015 – February 2016 

For the 2016 National and Local Elections, The Republic of Philippines Commission on Elections (COMELEC) contracted SLI Compliance as their International Certification Entity (ICE) to provide certification testing that ensures the election system operates properly, securely, and accurately during the May 2016 National Election.  Testing was provided at SLI’s compliance test facility in Wheat Ridge, CO and on-site in Manila.

The SLI ICE Team verified that all components of the system were functional according to the specifications determined by COMELEC; provided a review of all documentation, software, firmware, and hardware components; and developed the certification test report.

AES Certification Testing for the 2013 National Election              
Republic of the Philippines – COMELEC, September 2012 – February 2013

SLI Compliance tested the Automated Election System (AES) provided by Smartmatic, Inc. for compliance with Philippine federal election law for use in the 2013 National elections. Testing included all functionality, performance, code review, security, and hardware aspects of the system, which comprised over 80,000 precinct scan units, multiple consolidators, and reporting protocols. Testing was provided at SLI’s compliance test facility in Denver, CO and on-site in Manila.

Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) 2012 Election
Republic of the Philippines – COMELEC, January 2011– August 2011

SLI Compliance performed a follow-on certification process on a custom voting system for COMELEC. The SLI Compliance VSTL team conducted manual and automated voting system source code reviews to verify that the software complied with stated standards.  This included systems from both Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems.  The reviewed software was intended for use in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) until the election was postponed into 2012.

AES Certification Testing for the 2010 National Election
Republic of the Philippines – COMELEC, November 2009 – March 2010

SLI Compliance completed testing for the Automated Election System (AES) that was used in the Philippine National election in 2010. This project was a first-of-a-kind international certification test program conducted by a US company.  Eighty-thousand scanning machines were deployed in the over 7,000 islands using a complex transmission protocol that had never been used before.  SLI’s project delivered the comprehensive results needed to support a timely go/no go decision for electronic elections. In order to accomplish this, SLI tested the performance, accuracy, and security of the system. SLI executed a full audit, code review, and test of all system characteristics by applying innovative test methods that covered extreme technical requirements and logistical challenges. SLI engineers developed a load generation tool that was specifically tailored to combine actual test traffic on the system along with simulated vote data. The results of the simulated load test indicated that the system would be able to handle the projected transmittal rates, and the results on Election Day confirmed our findings.

What we did
  • Source Code Review to validate that code is written to requirements
  • Documentation Review to evaluate conformance to the requirements
  • Test Plan to define all aspects of testing
  • Trusted Build and Installation of Build to provide assurance that the software is able to be installed
  • Computer Images and Hashes to ensure coded has been tracked from review to the installed software
  • Functional Testing with a focus on security and accuracy to verify the production environment meets requirements
  • Environmental and Electrical Hardware Testing to verify the components meet requirements
  • Test Report to outline all testing conducted and to provide a certification determination recommendation
  • Comments and Recommendations on implementation plans including field tests and mock election plans
  • I want to thank you again for SLI's independent assessment of Broomfield's election procedures and subsequent development of updated election procedures. SLI's work assisted the City Council greatly in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of existing systems and helped restore confidence in these systems for future elections.

    James L. Becklenberg

    Former Assistant City and County Manager

  • It is with sincere gratitude and appreciation that we unconditionally recommend SLI. Our effort to obtain Meaningful Use Stage 2 Certification for our community health software platform required significant interpretation of the federal guidelines that SLI provided in plain English, on an as needed, and always timely basis. The staff is outstanding and their attitude is nothing less than grace under pressure. To keep it all together, with client after client struggling to interpret often vague federal guidelines, is laudable. The bottom line is that we had a choice, and we went with a recommendation for SLI based on a couple interviews with folks that preceded us, and it turned out to be the best possible decision.

    Milton Allione


  • I sought SLI’s assistance in providing information to me on testing practices for the Uniform Voting System (UVS) that the State of Colorado is seeking. I also worked with them as they developed a report for the Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Commission on an assessment of voting system technology in Colorado. The results provided by SLI were valuable and helped the state make key decisions regarding Colorado's UVS strategy. As our project moves forward, we expect to call upon SLI to test one or more proposed systems to meet Colorado Voting System Certification Standards.

    Al Davidson

    Former Program Manager

  • The SLI team, in my opinion, was outstanding. I truly appreciated this process and all the guidance they provided. Not only did this team well represent themselves and the expertise they possess, but also well represented the SLI organization. I would highly recommend SLI to anyone...

    Norman Joseph

    Vice President, Product Management

  • We are so gratified that our cumulative efforts have yielded the much-needed results. I must hasten to add that the work of the entire SLI team has lent so much credibility to this entire electoral process. For this alone, you have the gratitude of not just this member of the Technical Evaluation Committee, but more likely that of an entire nation.

    Tim Diaz de Rivera

    Director General, National Computing Center