The International Elections Advisory Council holds its annual meeting in London
LONDON - Thursday, March 26th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The International Elections Advisory Council (IEAC) held its annual meeting in London on 18-19 March. The Council, established by Smartmatic and comprised of leaders in the field of election administration from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, gathered to discuss a wide array of election-related topics and focused on new technologies and innovative systems, designed to modernise elections and guarantee maximum efficiency, credibility and transparency.
Richard Soudriette, IEAC Chairman said, “During our meetings, we discussed the great responsibility shouldered by those who administer elections. The impact of election outcomes goes far beyond just determining the winners. Our council members agreed that when properly implemented, electoral technology can be a vital tool to enhance transparency and trust in elections. Increased credibility of elections in turn contributes to social, economic and political stability of democracies.”
From 1988 to 2007, Soudriette served as founding president of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington, D.C. Other IEAC members participating in the London meeting were Mr. Charles Lasham, UK, Dr. Brigalia Bam, South Africa, Mr. Torquato L. Jardim, Brazil, Mr. Paul DeGregorio, USA, and Dr. S.Y. Quraishi. India.
“Making elections more trustworthy is integral to our business and is more important than ever,” said Antonio Mugica, Smartmatic’s CEO. “Professional election administration and innovative technologies are essential to ensuring the credibility of elections. By seeking input and guidance from the world’s leading election professionals, Smartmatic is committed to establishing the Council as a driving force behind better governance world-wide,” added Mugica.
“It was a privilege for us to meet with such a distinguished group of professionals; each one with a specific geographic area of expertise. Exchanging ideas with them represented a golden opportunity for us to better understand and address the needs of the different markets we serve,” stated Mugica.
By helping governments conduct more transparent and efficient elections, we have processed over 2.3 billion auditable, secret and secure votes in more than 3,500 fraud-free elections. Our innovative practices to improve electoral management have made us the leader of the electronic voting industry worldwide in terms of product offering, geographical presence and technological advancement.