[E-voting] Evoting legislation under debate

Mark Dennehy Mark.Dennehy at cs.tcd.ie
Thu Mar 25 13:01:39 GMT 2004

>From RTE here:

    Opposition parties have critcised the length of time
    they are being given to examine the Electoral (Amendment)
    Bill, which was published this morning. 

    The Bill legalises the use of electronic voting, and the
    Government wants it enacted to allow the system to be used in
    the local and European elections in June. This morning in the
    Dáil, Michael D Higgins of the Labour Party claimed there was
    a problem with the provisions on voter identification prior
    to the casting of votes at polling booths.
    The Tanaiste, Mary Harney, said if there was a
    difficulty, the rules could be amended. 

    Fine Gael's Bernard Allen sought an assurance that the
    second stage debate on the legislation would not be
    gullotined next week, claiming there were 'conflicting
    signals' coming from the Government on this. Ms Harney
    confirmed that the second stage would not be completed
    next week. 

    Labour's Eamon Gilmore criticised the fact that the Bill
    was being introduced by the Fianna Fáil director of
    elections, and that it would change the way people vote
    at polling stations. 

    Ms Harney accused him of trying to introduce 'scare
    stories', and said the Minister was acting on behalf of
    the Government in this matter. Mr Gilmore also claimed
    there was not enough time to examine the Bill before it
    is debated next Wednesday, but the Tanaiste said she
    thought there was enough time. 

    Mr Gilmore said that Ms Harney was allowing Fianna Fáil
    to 'turn this country into a banana Republic'.

So, who still thinks that the Commission on Electronic
Voting is in any way able to decide how the eVoting decision
is made, given that they're already debating the legislation
before the CEV has concluded?

And what does this do to Cullen's earlier statement that
he wouldn't discuss eVoting until the CEV was concluded
because it wouldn't be proper?

Mark Dennehy,
Computer Vision and Robotics Research Group,
Computer Science Dept., Trinity College Dublin		
email:	Mark.Dennehy at cs.tcd.ie
www:	http://www.cs.tcd.ie/Mark.Dennehy

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