Belgium continues spearheading electronic voting

Brussels, Belgium – October 15, 2018 - Smartmatic, the world’s leading elections technology and services provider, helped Belgian authorities to conduct local elections using its cutting-edge technology.

Smartmatic deployed 22,100 voting machines in the regions of Flanders and Brussels-Capital, and in the German-speaking Community of Belgium (DGB).

A new voting machine (A4-517) and a new president machine (VIU-805), both featuring innovative designs and user-friendly interfaces, were added to the country’s existing automated voting platform. The technology offered a seamless experience for voters and poll workers. It also allowed authorities to broadcast timely official results.

As part of the continued efforts to make Belgian elections more inclusive and transparent, polling stations in two Flemish municipalities —Aalst and Mechelen— were equipped with Smartmatic’s assistive technology. Voters with visual disabilities followed audio instructions to navigate the ballot and vote independently.

Commenting on the elections, Antonio Mugica, CEO for Smartmatic said “We are proud to be a partner of one of the world’s most technology-driven election bodies. Belgium pioneered electronic voting in the '90s, and ever since, has continued to stay ahead of the curve. It is a country that understood early on that the future of democracy is digital.”

In 2008, the Federal Public Service Interior began looking for a new partner to custom-build a voting system that it could recommend to the three regions of Belgium (Flanders, Brussels-Capital and Wallonia). After a two-year evaluation process, which involved technical analyses by authorities, universities, and an independent agency, Smartmatic was selected in 2012 as the voting technology provider for the next 15 years.