[E-voting] press release draft: WHERE'S THE COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS?
mmcgaley at cs.nuim.ie
Thu Jul 13 12:40:08 IST 2006
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WHERE'S THE COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS?
Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting (ICTE) is calling on Minister
Roche to justify his intention to spend more money on the chosen
electronic voting system. "It has been reported today that the minister
will be seeking the advice of international experts on changes to the
count software. But what about the other changes called for by the
commission?" said Margaret McGaley of ICTE.
"Investments of millions of euros must be justified by the benefits they
will bring. We predict that just buying enough machines to make this
system viable will cost 35 million euro. By the time you add the cost of
the changes called for by the CEV's report, the future cost of this
system will be at least 50 million on top of the almost 60 million
already spent. And that doesn't even include the personel costs of
running the system, which requires more people than the paper system
does. Can the minister prove that this system is worth all that expense?"
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