[E-voting] Netherlands news, press release

Casey, Dermot (GE Money) Dermot.Casey at ge.com
Wed Oct 3 15:45:28 IST 2007


DUTCH RETURN TO THE 'AUL PENCILS' :NEDAP DE-CERTIFIED FOR DUTCH
ELECTIONS

In a remarkable volte face the Netherlands has scrapped electronic
voting.  A commission set up by the Dutch Government late last year
concluded that none of the evoting systems in use there -- including the
Nedap system -- were suitable for use in national elections. Dutch
investigations began after the Commission on Electronic Voting
(CEV)refused to allow the Irish system based on the Dutch system to be
used in Irish elections.

Irish Citizens for Trustworthy evoting (ICTE), the Irish Computer
Society (ICS) and other independent experts forced the Government into
establishing the Commission on Electronic Voting (CEV)in 2004 when they
raised serious concerns about the flawed sytem the Government were
planning to use in Irish elections. Despite a very restricted brief the
CEV concluded that the exisitng paper system was superior to the
electronic system and recommended against the use of the Irish system in
future elections.

In recent days the Dutch deputy Minister for the Interior A. Bijleveld
has said that she will accept the Dutch committee's advice to ban
evoting, and will rescind the law that permits the use of these evoting
systems. 

This puts a final nail in the coffin of any plans to resurrect
electronic voting in the near future. 
[need some quotes in here ]



-----Original Message-----
From: e-voting-bounces at lists.stdlib.net
[mailto:e-voting-bounces at lists.stdlib.net] On Behalf Of Margaret McGaley
Sent: 02 October 2007 17:53
To: Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting
Subject: [E-voting] Netherlands news, press release

Hi folks,

I'd really like to see a press release on this, time is running out to
grab the Irish press's attention for it. I honestly can't afford the
time to write it myself, but here's a very rough draft. Please consider
throwing a couple off minutes at it. Maybe we could get it sent by
lunchtime tomorrow? Any volunteers to take charge of it?

Margaret


[NOT FOR RELEASE]

NEDAP DE-CERTIFIED FOR DUTCH ELECTIONS

The Netherlands is returning to voting with paper and pencil for the
foreseeable future. A commission set up by the Dutch Government late
last year concluded that none of the evoting systems in use there --
including the Nedap system -- were suitable for use in national
elections.  The deputy Minister for the Interior A. Bijleveld has said
that she will accept the committee's advice and ban evoting, rescinding
the law that permits the use of these evoting systems.

The website of Wij Vertrouwen Stemcomputers Niet:
http://www.wijvertrouwenstemcomputersniet.nl/English

Articles in English:
http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/27/dutch-government-abandons-e-voting-fo
r-re
d-pencil/
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2007/09/time_not_right_for_electro
nic.
php
http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25
94&I
temid=26
http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/28/1216207
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/01/dutch_pull_plug_on_evoting/

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