Election results, data unaffected by fire incident, says Comelec – Manila Bulletin

The Election Commission (Komelek) stated that the election results and data are safe, secure, intact and unaffected.


The polling body said this after a fire broke out at their main office in Intramuros, Manila on Sunday, July 31.

Comelec said such data remains in live postings on both their official website (www.comelec.gov.ph) and the election results website (www.2022electionresults.comelec.gov.ph).

“The back-up of such is intact and secure, as well as kept in our secure safe,” John Rex Lodiangko, acting spokesman for Comelec, said in a statement.

Similarly, he said, the voter’s registration data is safe, secure, intact and unaffected in any other secure vault, with backup at a secure off-site location dedicated for the purpose.

Lodiangko reported that the fire was confined to the reception area of ​​their Department of Information Technology, with limited damage to property and equipment.

He said the other departments and offices located on the seventh floor, as well as all other floors, were protected from damage caused by the fire.

Regarding Comelec servers and vaults located at ITD, Lodiangco said, these are safe, intact, damaged and secure, including all equipment and documents in all offices and departments in their main office.

“Given the limited area directly affected by the fire, other digital and physical files, administrative, operational or judicial, are all safe, secure, intact and unaffected,” he said.

While the Bureau of Fire Protection is conducting its investigation, Lodiangco said that all of Comelec’s offices and departments located in the Palacio del Gobernador will be in a working-from-home position with their respective skeleton-work-forces as of August 1, 2022. On duty “to conduct inventory, evaluate and continue with other administrative and operational tasks.”

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“We will cooperate fully with the BFP and the Palacio del Gobernador Building Administration to determine the cause of the fire and ensure the safety of all Comelec offices,” he said.

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