[E-voting] Evoting legislation under debate
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
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?
Computer Vision and Robotics Research Group,
Computer Science Dept., Trinity College Dublin
email: Mark.Dennehy at cs.tcd.ie
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