E-voting assessed as Dutch scrap it

Wednesday 21 May 2008 17.34
E-voting - Review as Dutch scrap it
E-voting - Review as Dutch scrap it

The Dutch government has decided to scrap electronic voting.

The same company, Nedap, produced the electronic voting machines used in the Netherlands and purchased for Ireland.

Last October a Dutch court ruled that the e-voting system be reviewed after doubts were raised about the lack of a paper trail and the fact that it was claimed an e-vote could be electronically interfered with.

This month the Dutch government decided to return to a paper ballot.

Fine Gael Environment spokesman Phil Hogan said the issue showed that the Government here should also scrap the system for good.

A spokesman for Minister John Gormley said they were aware of the situation in Holland and that the issue of e-voting in Ireland was still being assessed.