Smartmatic's auditable technology reaffirms its efficiency in Venezuelan Referendum

Caracas, February 16, 2009.- Smartmatic, a leading supplier of technological solutions throughout the globe, announces that its voting solution, the Smartmatic Auditable Election System (SAES), performed with complete reliability and accuracy during the Venezuelan constitutional amendment referendum that was held on February 15, 2009.

It is the eighth time in which Smartmatic deploys its electoral solution in this Latin American country and the third referendum process with touch screens for Venezuelans. SAES successfully registered, tallied and transmitted the electoral results that were immediately endorsed by the National Electoral Council (CNE by its acronym in Spanish), the different political parties and all national and international observers.  

The SAES machines transmitted accurately, rapidly and reliably, and after the polls closed, the Venezuelan Electoral Council and representatives of the different political parties successfully audited 54% of the voting machines.

The Venezuelan constitutional amendment referendum was carried out using 100% Smartmatic auditable technology. Key electoral statistics include:
- Automated voting centers: 11,297 (100%)
- Voting machines used: 34,662
- Registered Voters: 16,949,033
- Time to Cast Vote: Less than 30 seconds
During Election Day (CNE statistics):
- Total tallied votes: 11,724,224
- YES option: 53,91%
- NO option: 44,34%
- Nule votes: 1,75%

Due to the joint experience of Smartmatic and the Electoral Council, it was possible to build the necessary technological platform to organize the elections in less than three months after the last electoral process. This shows the strengths of the Smartmatic solution and its capacity to carry out reliable elections in short time.

About Smartmatic
Smartmatic is a multinational company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping governments fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments with their citizens. It is one of the largest cutting-edge technology suppliers, with a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. 
Smartmatic aims to help societies become more efficient and transparent, through technological innovations and it is responsible for several top and advanced innovations available in the market around three business areas: electronic auditable voting systems, intelligent and integrated security platforms, and advanced solutions for people registration and authentication for a wide range of government applications.
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