[E-voting] How much will it cost?
aengusl at eircom.net
Tue Oct 31 01:09:01 GMT 2006
On Sunday, October 29, 2006 9:32 PM [EDT],
Aengus Lawlor <aengusl at eircom.net> wrote:
> The Governments interpretation of those recommendations apparently
> only involves the spending of half a million to replace the counting
> software. And given the non-specific nature of the actual
> recommendations (they could have been written BEFORE the CEV started
> their investigations, they're so generalised), the Government will
> claim that they have fulfilled the recommendations by the time the
> next European/Local elections come around. (And it's not as if anyone
> can stop them, if they decide to go ahead).
The Sunday Business Post reports that Bertie has been challenged on his
assertion that it will only require half a million to "fix" his electronic
Fergus O'Dowd, FG spokesman for Environment, Heritage
and Local Government, said that Ahern "didn't articulate
the findings of the commission" and failed to give the
full facts on the issue. During leaders questions on
October 17, Ahern said that "[The Commission] was quite
satisfied that the hardware can work and operate
effectively," and suggested that the only changes
required where in the area of software, which would cost
However the commission report highlighted a number of
specific areas for improvement in the hardware, saying
that changes ''would be necessary in order to address
these issues before the main hardware components of the
system can confidently be used at elections in Ireland."
The report also detailed specific areas that required
improvement such as user access controls and device
authentication measures. O'Dowd expressed concern at the
lack of independent scrutiny on e-voting since the
commission was dissolved in September.
"The commission is now gone, so who do we trust?" he
said. "Any changes in the system need to be on an all-
party basis and should be done by way of a commission.
That's where you get credibility and support."
A spokesman for the Department of Environment said that
the government had no definitive costings for the
recommended changes. He said the figure quoted by Ahern
was ''a suggested cost'', but that he did not know who
suggested it or where it came from.
Spokesmen from the Department of the Taoiseach said that
the Taoiseach was speaking from a note supplied by the
Department of the Environment, although he may have
misspoke in Dail exchanges.
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