[E-voting] Today's Irish Times

Keith Martin keith at keith.gs
Thu Jul 13 09:20:00 IST 2006

 From The Irish Times today (13th July):

Experts sought on electronic voting

Mark Hennessy

International experts are to be drafted in by the Government to offer  
advice about the changes needed to improve the security of electronic  
vote counting software.

The report of the Commission on Electronic Voting, which was submitted  
last week to the Oireachtas, was discussed yesterday by the Cabinet  
following a report by the Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche.

A Cabinet sub-committee, chaired by Mr Roche, and also including the  
Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, the Minister for Justice, Michael  
McDowell, and the Minister for Communications, Noel Dempsey, is to  
consider the report further.

Experts drawn from the "IT industry worldwide" are to be asked to  
"supervise the possible software design changes" recommended by the  
commission, a Government spokeswoman said last night.

The commission was headed by the chairman of the Standards in Public  
Office Commission, Mr Justice Matthew P Smith. The other members are:  
Kieran Coughlan, clerk of Dáil Éireann; Deirdre Lane, clerk of Seanad  
Éireann; Danny O'Hare, chairman of the Information Society Commission;  
and Brian Sweeney, chairman of Siemens and former chairman of Science  
Foundation Ireland.

© The Irish Times

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