MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has shut down the servers and networks of the automated elections system (AES) used in the May 9 national and local elections.

Comelec spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said since the data centers are no longer needed, they must be shut down.

The servers are the Central Data Center in Taguig City, Transparency Data Center in Parañaque City, and Backup Data Center in Quezon City.

“Just like with the Transparency Server, there will be a backing up procedure to be followed by the shutdown processes,” he said in a Viber message on Monday. “The Data Centers, similar to the Transparency Server, have already served their purposes for this Elections, thus, necessitating their decommissioning.”

The shutting down of the AES servers and network infrastructure was done in the presence of political parties and citizens' arm groups.

“Part of post-election procedures, and in highlighting transparency, is open to witnesses though not for live broadcast coverage due to security considerations,” he said.

Over 55 million Filipinos, or about 83 percent of the more than 65 million registered voters, cast their ballots, including those overseas.

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte were proclaimed on May 25 at the House of Representatives. (PNA)