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McDonald -flaws in electronic voting system can be overcome if addressed immediately

2 February, 2004


Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Mary Lou McDonald speaking following comments from the Comptroller and Auditor General John Purcell suggesting that there is a strong case for tests on the new electronic voting machines said 'it is time that the Department of Environment took their heads out of the sand and recognized that there are serious flaws in the electronic voting system that they want to use. These flaws can be quickly addressed if the political will is there."

Ms. McDonald said:

"Since the introduction of electronic voting in 2002 more and more people have voiced their concerns about the electronic voting system being used by the Department of Environment. These include many political parties, including Sinn Féin, but also the Computer Science Department in Maynooth and a computer company 'Zerflow' which was employed by the Environment Department to carry out a security assessment of the system. Zerflow pointed out that there are serious flaws in the system and while the Department recognised the flaws they refused to act.

"Among the flaws Sinn Féin identified with this system are how the current system was produced, how the count is recorded and the inability to independently recheck through the retention of a paper copy of the vote, verified by the voter. These are fundamental to the very electoral process.

'It is time that the Department of Environment took their heads out of the sand and recognized that there are serious flaws in the electronic voting system that they want to use. Electronic voting using a kiosk type system is achievable and these flaws can be overcome in time if the political will is there."ENDS

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