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Bill will do nothing to reduce widescale public concerns over e-voting

25 March, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. has slated the failure of Minister Martin Cullen to take on board public concerns and opposition proposals when drafting the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2004.

Deputy Morgan said

"Minister Cullen has failed to take on board in any way the concerns raised by computer science experts, members of the public and opposition parties. There will be no paper trail, the Mercuri method will not be introduced. The Minister has also failed to include in the legislation a requirement for all source code and design to be publicly available for inspection. There is not even a provision for the Commission on Electronic voting to examine the source code.

"There is no guarantee in legislation that the recommendation of the commission will be acted on. Even if the recommend against the use of electronic voting the ever-arrogant Minister Cullen would no doubt plough ahead with his plans.

"The legislation is being rammed through at the expense of other far more urgent legislation from the Minister's own office such as the Residential Tenancies Bill

"Sinn Fein will be putting forward amendments to this Bill to ensure that a paper copy of the vote, verified by the voter, is held for the purpose of independent recount and for all source code and design to be publicly available for inspection by citizens and especially by Computer Science experts.

"Sinn Féin simply will not allow Minister Cullen to stifle debate around this issue and its potential dangers and implications." ENDS

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