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E-voting machines should be gotten rid of – Ferris

4 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has called on Environment Minster John Gormley to "once and for all" get rid of the controversial e-voting machines which have cost taxpayers over €50million and are still costing millions to store despite only ever being used on a pilot basis. Deputy Ferris was speaking today after it was revealed that the machines cost €850,000 in storage and transportation last year alone.

He said, "These e-voting machines have now cost taxpayers just under €55million to buy, store and transport yet they have only ever been used on a pilot basis. The security concerns around the machines mean they are useless to the Irish people and should be gotten rid of once and for all.

"Sinn Féin will only support a form of electronic voting if the system in place is backed up by a fully traceable paper trail which can support the results they produce." ENDS

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