Belgium to feature a new automated voting system by Smartmatic in 15-year contract
Brussels, January 30th, 2012.- Belgian federal and regional governments of Flanders and Brussels have chosen Smartmatic as the technology provider to supply - for 15 years - its innovative automated election system, starting with the local elections that will take place in October, 2012.
The advanced voting system created by Smartmatic and customized specifically to support Belgian and European regulations, involves the use of a touch-based Electronic Voting Machine with 17-inch high resolution screen.
"We are thrilled to have been selected as the service and technology providers for the elections in Belgium, a pioneer nation regarding the use of electronic voting. Along with the Belgian authorities, we have been working very hard to develop and offer a new and improved state-of-the-art electronic voting system that fully complies with all requirements, guaranteeing the most secure, reliable and auditable elections. We feel honored to have been given this responsibility", stated Antonio Mugica, Smartmatic's CEO.
Selecting Smartmatic as vendor has been the result of a meticulous evaluation process (including a certification by PricewaterhouseCoopers) that lasted for more than 3 years, and whose key milestone has been a public field test organized on October 27th, 2011. The test was performed in cooperation with Belgium's Federal Government, Flanders Region and Brussels-Capital Region and allowed authorities to evaluate the system in real live conditions and receive direct feedback from voters and poll workers. According to different surveys performed during the event, the big majority of participants manifested a highly positive perception of the system in terms of simplicity and ease of use.
Smartmatic has successfully deployed its versatile electronic voting technology in multiple electoral processes in the Philippines, United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, accurately registering and counting more than 1.5 billion audited votes. Its advanced technology has been widely recognized by the most important international election monitors and experts.