[E-voting] "Cullen admits mistake over e-voting debacle"

Dr J Pelan J.Pelan at gatsby.ucl.ac.uk
Wed May 2 05:34:59 IST 2007


 Cullen admits mistake over e-voting debacle
 By Paul O'Brien, Political Reporter

 TRANSPORT Minister Martin Cullen has finally conceded he got it wrong on 
 electronic voting.

 "I suppose with hindsight, yes, I might have dealt with it differently," 
 he said last night of the manner in which he handled the issue. "I'll put 
 my hands up".

 Mr Cullen's willingness to acknowledge mistakes is in stark contrast to 
 the Taoiseach, who only last week attempted to blame the opposition 
 parties for the debacle, saying they had set out to find fault with the 
 e52 million system.


 Speaking on NewsTalk 106's The Right Hook programme last night, Mr Cullen 
 said he would do things differently if he had the chance again.

 "I suppose if I was to go back, I would have said let's do another 
 testing phase in the next election rather than moving it into full use 
 immediately, but there isn't a person yet who hasn't made a mistake on 
 things, and if that's a mistake, I put my hands up".

John P.

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