Mark Dennehy Mark.Dennehy at cs.tcd.ie
Wed Mar 17 12:56:49 GMT 2004

Sited on Eircom.net's copy of Ireland.com:

Group claims Minister refuses to meet on e-voting
Wednesday, 17th March, 2004

An e-voting lobby group has claimed  the Minister for
Environment has refused requests for a meeting to address
their concerns over the introduction of e-voting. 

The Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Voting (ICTE) also claim
that, despite assurances to the contrary, no "continued
dialogue" has been conducted between them and the Department
of the Environment. 

"We realise that the Minister's schedule is very full, but
this issue is of critical importance and should at the top of
his list of priorities." 

The ICTE is calling for the introduction of a paper audit
trail with any e-voting system. 

A spokesperson for the Minster for the Environment, Mr
Cullen, said the Minister wanted to allow the Commission on
Electronic Voting to complete its work before holding any
further meetings on the issue. 

Minister Cullen has previously met with the ICTE, among other
groups, on issues concerning the introduction of e-voting,
the spokesperson added. 

The Commission on Electronic Voting and Counting has been set
up to inquire into electronic voting and will have the power
to recommend its postponement or abandonment when it produces
its first report. 

The members of the Electronic Voting and Counting Commission
are High Court judge, Mr Justice Matthew P Smith, Mr Kieran
Coughlan, clerk of the Dáil; Ms Deirdre Lane, clerk of the
Seanad; Mr Danny O'Hare, the former head of Dublin City
University; and Mr Brian Sweeney, chairman and former chief
executive of Siemens Ireland. 

The new e-voting system is set to be used nationwide for the
first time in the European Elections on June 11th next. 

A similar electronic ballot was used in a limited form in the
2002 Nice Treaty poll and that year's General Election.

Mark Dennehy,
Computer Vision and Robotics Research Group,
Computer Science Dept., Trinity College Dublin		
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