By Leslie Ann Aquino
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez on Thursday denied the existence of a “meet-me-room” in the Automated Election System (AES) as alleged by critics.
“The meet-me-room narrative has it that this is a physical room or a server, either of the two. There is no such thing as a separate server as a meet-me-room,” he said in a press briefing at the PICC, Thursday.
The Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) claimed that a “meet-me-room” has already been in place since the 2016 elections, which is an undeclared queuing server that may open windows for irregularities in the release of the election results.
But Jimenez said their critic might be referring to the transmission gateway router that is used in the AES that allows the Comelec to properly manage the results being transmitted by the vote counting machines (VCMs).
“Basically, what that means is that it is not a separate server. It is simply an arrangement in the program that allows us to play traffic cop to the incoming transmissions,” he said.
“It is a way of making sure that the flow ng (of) data coming for the field, coming from the VCMs into the transparency server, is properly managed,” added Jimenez.
Meanwhile, the poll official said they will still verify the report that there were over one million overvotes during the midterm elections.
“We don’t have such data yet. But we will look into what their source documents are,” said Jimenez.
“If it’s true that there are over a million overvotes, then it’s a million votes not counted,” he added.