[E-voting] press release draft: WHERE'S THE COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS?

Margaret McGaley mmcgaley at cs.nuim.ie
Thu Jul 13 14:27:51 IST 2006

[not for release]


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.

"If you just read the executive summary of the report, you might reasonably get the impression that the only significant piece of work is the reimplementation of the election management software. Only when you read the details do you see that both hardware and software changes are required for the voting machines as well." said Michael McMahon.

"Investments of millions of euros must be justified by the benefits they will bring. There has been no justification of this system either on the basis of cost savings or on the basis of improving democracy. 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 personnel costs of running the system; these machines require more people than the paper system does. Can the minister prove that this system is worth all that expense?" concluded Ms McGaley.


[Note for editors]

Irish Citizens for Trustworthy E-voting is an independent 
group of over one hundred concerned Citizens, IT & Security 
Practitioners, and Legal Professionals calling for the 
introduction of a Voter Verified Audit Trail with any 
E-voting system used in Ireland.

ICTE Website:

Archive of ICTE Press Releases:

contact (available for interview): Margaret McGaley
email: mmcgaley at cs.nuim.ie
phone: 087 755 4023

contact (available for interview): Dermot Casey
email: Dermot.Casey at ge.com
phone: 085 148 1832

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