LONDON - Tuesday, October 7th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Smartmatic, the world’s number one voting technology and services company, has successfully implemented a fully verifiable electronic voting solution in Bulgaria for its Parliamentary elections held on 5th October.
“With these comprehensive pilots, we are paving the way for a full implementation of electronic voting in Bulgaria. We have no doubt this technology offers multiple benefits - not only for us in the electoral commission, but to the country as a whole,” stated Maria Musorlieva, Deputy Chairwoman of Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC).
Following on a commitment to modernize Bulgaria’s elections, and having executed the first electronic pilot last May, Bulgaria's Central Electoral Commission called upon Smartmatic for a second time.
For the Parliamentary elections, the London-headquartered company provided a tailored voting solution comprised of touch-screen voting machines, software applications, and field-tested project management tools. Besides touch-screen voting machines, Bulgarians also had the chance to try other technologies like ballot counting devices to process votes cast on paper.
Smartmatic set up 300 polling booths distributed across five Bulgarian cities: Sofia, Plovdiv, Pleven, Kustendil and Pernik.
Commenting on the election, Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic said: “We are delighted that the Bulgarian authorities recognised Smartmatic as the right partner for this project and that they are taking a leading role in Europe for electronic voting initiatives. We hope to see greater adoption of our technologies throughout Europe and beyond.”
In an effort to guarantee an independent and confidential vote for all, each voting machine was fitted with a device that supports voters with visual disabilities. This innovative audio visual voting interface allows voters to navigate the ballot, access the candidate list, select candidates, and finalise the entire voting process independently.
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