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Source: The Register
The body which provided official observers to the London elections has said it was given insufficient evidence to feel confident in the results.
The Open Rights Group (ORG), which was accredited by the Electoral Commission to provide observers, has released a report that identifies a number of shortcomings in the electronic counting process.
In the executive summary it declares: “There is insufficient evidence available to allow independent observers to state reliably whether the results declared for the May 2008 elections for the mayor of London and the London Assembly are an accurate representation of voters’ intentions.”
London Elects contracted Spanish company Indra to provide an electronic counting system for the election. The ORG report says there were no procedural hitches, but that the level of transparency was inadequate.
Spanish? Why couldn’t they use a British firm? And e-voting is notoriously unreliable. London Elect has essentially commercialised democracy in Britain. Why not use Open Source software?
Transparency was also undermined by the fact that London Elects has been prevented by commercial confidentiality from publishing audits on the source code and the counting infrastructure.
A spokesperson for London Elects rebutted some of the criticisms in the report. He told GC News that the scanners had been subjected to intensive testing before the election, taking in their sensitivity levels, and that it was satisfied with their performance.
Well they would wouldn’t they. They paid for the Spanish firm to do the work, they are hardly going to stab themselves in the foot. That is why this report was done by an external group.
She told GC News that there was no evidence that the shortcomings had benefitted any particular candidate in the elections.
“Short of recounting the ballots by hand there is no way of knowing if this had a significant effect on the election,” she said.
And I am sure that isn’t going to happen.
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