[E-voting] WHERE'S THE COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS?
mmcgaley at cs.nuim.ie
Thu Jul 13 15:00:55 IST 2006
[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]
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.
"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.
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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