THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) was able to learn its lesson in the May 2019 polls, particularly in hoping to avoid a repeat of the controversial seven-hour glitch.

This was the assessment of the international certification entity, Pro V&V, as it conducted the trusted build of the country's automated election system (AES) Friday, December 3, 2021.

"I think they have a lot of lessons learned, especially when it comes to the seven-hour glitch," said Pro V&V President Jack Cobb in a virtual media briefing.

"Every system gets more and more mature as they learn things from their mistakes," he added.

Back in the May 2019 elections, the AES experienced a seven-hour delay in the update of election results tally boards of media outlets as well as citizens arm, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

The seven-hour delay was attributed to the failure of the transparency server’s file transfer manager, which was supposed to transmit data from the transparency server to the PPCRV and the media.

For the forthcoming polls, Cobb said the Comelec has managed to upgrade the file transfer manager as well as its designated bandwidth.

"They refactored the code to perform at a higher level than what the old was," said Cobb.

It was the Alabama-based company that also conducted the international certification services for the Comelec in the 2019 polls.

For the May 2022 elections, Pro V&V bagged the contract anew after tendering a P54.566-million bid for the review of the AES. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)