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Cullen position is completely untenable

30 April, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Arthur Morgan has welcomed the findings of the E-voting Commission that the e-voting system to be introduced in this State is not yet trustworthy or proved secure. He also welcomed the Government's decision not to go ahead with the introduction of e-voting.

Deputy Morgan said, "Sinn Fein welcomes the findings of the Commission on Electronic Voting. It vindicates the position we adopted at a very early stage. Minister Martin Cullen attempted to stifle the debate around the introduction of electronic voting and its potential dangers and implications from the very beginning. He arrogantly dismissed concerns raised by computer science experts, members of the public and opposition parties. The absence of a verifiable voter trail and the failure to publish the source code represented fatal flaws in the Government's plans for the introduction of e-voting.

"The findings of the Commission are a clear indictment of Minister Cullen's inability to perform his Ministerial duties. He was determined to go ahead with electronic voting regardless of the genuine concerns which existed regarding its reliability and accuracy. During the course of the debate on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2004 Minister Cullen said he would accept responsibility if the system was proved to be flawed or insecure. It is clear now that Minister Cullen's position is completely untenable and he must go.

"The Government's statement that they will not now go ahead with E-voting is the first sensible decision taken in relation to this matter. Through their arrogance and bullying millions of euro of taxpayers money has been wasted on this seriously flawed project, which was neither necessary nor required."ENDS

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