MANILA Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez on Thursday clarified that the controversial "meet-me room" or the queuing mechanism in the automated election system (AES) is "not a separate server."
His statement comes after the Automated Election System Watch recently flagged the use of the meet-me-room in the 2019 mid-term elections.
"The meet-me-room narrative has it that this is a physical room, a physical structure or a server, either of the two. There is no such thing as a separate server for the meet-me-room," Jimenez said in a press briefing.
"It's a transmission router/gateway. 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 transmission... it's a way of making the managed flow of data coming from the field, coming from the VCMs (vote counting machines) into the transparency server," he added.
Jimenez pointed out that this is also separate from the FTP (file transfer protocol), which encountered technical woes on May 13 that resulted in the delay during the picking up of election results.
"The transmission gateway, it handles the flow into the transparency server, while the FTP handles the data once it's in the transparency server and pushes it to the media outlets so it's different," he told reporters.
The Automated Election System Watch earlier claimed that the "meet-me rooms" allegedly host undeclared servers and intercept data from the vote counting machines to Comelec servers, citing this is against the Omnibus Election Code. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency