A confidential report has expressed serious concern over the security of the new electronic voting machines used in Ireland.

According to the report for the Department of Environment, the integrity of the ballot cannot be guaranteed with the current equipment and controls.

Among other criticisms, it says voters could easily be duped into voting for the wrong candidates by simply taping a fake ballot over the front panel of the machine.

However, the Department has disagreed with many of these findings, saying the machines are secure and that the presence of voting officials prevents tampering.

TD urges government to abandon voting system

The Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins has said electronic voting should be abandoned.

He said there were other more fundamental issues than those raised in the report. There was, he claimed, a lack of transparency and the new system could be open to "radical manipulation."