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E-voting - ill thought out scheme by arrogant and incompetent minister - Morgan

4 July, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan TD has called on the Taoiseach to explain why Martin Cullen still has a seat at the cabinet table after it was revealed today, by the Commission on Electronic Voting, that the software used in the State's €52 million electronic voting machines is not secure enough for use. Deputy Morgan described the electronic voting debacle as "an ill thought out scheme by an arrogant and incompetent minister."

He said, "From the beginning we in Sinn Féin identified the fundamental problems with the electronic voting system which this Government insisted on imposing. While we supported the idea of electronic voting using a kiosk type system we called for the Mercuri method to be applied where a paper copy of the vote, verified by the voter, is held for the purpose of independent recount. We also called for the design of the system to be publicly available for inspection by citizens and especially by Computer Science experts. Today's report confirms that we were right to take this position.

"The whole electronic voting debacle was an ill thought out scheme by an arrogant and incompetent minister and the Taoiseach needs to explain why Martin Cullen still has a seat at the cabinet table." ENDS

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