Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr on Monday reiterated the software that will be used in the May 13 polls are genuine.
Brillantes belied the accusations of automated election critics CENPEG and AES Watch that the precinct optical count scan (PCOS) software is pirated.
"Contrary to this lie, the Republic of the Philippines is the legal and true owner of the PCOS machines including the software installed therein," Brillantes said.
The poll chief said the purchase of the PCOS was made last March 30, 2012, while the cancellation of Smartmatic's contract by Dominion happened on May 23, 2012.
"Under the law, contractual obligations that have accrued prior to cancellation bind all parties, in this case both Dominion and Smartmatic," he said.
"In other words, we became the legal owners of the machines and software even before cancellation and we remain as such even after. This is a basic rule on contracts that our non-lawyer critics don't care to understand or which their lawyers did not explain to them," he added.
Brillantes hit at the critics and said that the "continued assertion of falsehood aims nothing but to sow public mistrust and sabotage the upcoming elections."