[E-voting] UK shelves plans for e-voting trials
shane at askaboutmoney.com
Wed Sep 7 21:17:30 IST 2005
The UK government has dropped its plans to run trials of e-voting technology
in advance of next year's local elections. The Office of the Deputy Prime
Minister issued a statement cancelling a procurement that called for IT
suppliers to provide it with technology to run pilots between 2006 and 2010.
"This notice has been cancelled as the government has decided not to invite
applications to conduct electronic electoral modernisation pilots in 2006.
All organisations that submitted an expression of interest in the tender
have been notified of the cancellation," the ODPM said. Trials had been due
to take place next year that would include internet, phone, SMS and digital
TV voting, along with pilots of electronic polling stations and vote
counting systems. E-voting pilots last took place in the UK in 2003; plans
for further trials in 2004 were abandoned on the advice of the Electoral
Commission. The government has not yet given a reason for the cancellation
of this year's e-voting plans.
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