CGI and Smartmatic to deliver electronic vote counting solution for 2020 London elections

The e-counting solution will ensure ballot papers are scanned and processed quickly and accurately, with full auditability of results

United Kingdom, London – December 13, 2018 – Smartmatic, the London-based world’s leading elections company, is joining forces with CGI, one of the largest independent IT consulting services firms in the world, to deliver end-to-end services, software and technical infrastructure for the electronic counting of votes in the 2020 London elections.

CGI and Smartmatic will provide an electronic solution for the accurate counting of voter marks on ballot papers and declaration of results for three elections taking place in May 2020: the Mayor of London, 14 Constituency Assembly Members, and 11 London-wide Assembly Members. Postal and in-person votes will be counted in three count venues across London (Alexandra Palace, Excel and Olympia).

The e-counting solution developed between CGI and Smartmatic will ensure ballot papers are scanned and processed quickly and accurately, with full auditability of results.

Mary Harpley, Greater London Returning Officer at the Greater London Authority commented: “I would like to congratulate CGI on their success in being selected to deliver electronic counting for the next Mayoral and Assembly elections in 2020. Having worked closely with Transport for London and representatives from the London Boroughs to ensure a robust and transparent selection process, the GLA team is looking forward to working with CGI, Smartmatic and partners to deliver an effective and accurate e-count.”

Donna Kelly, Vice President, South Business Unit at CGI in the UK said: “The next 12 months will be of vital importance as we engage in a rigorous testing regime of the e-counting system in advance of the elections in 2020. Building on our previous success delivering e-counting programmes in Scotland, we are focused on delivering a transparent, secure and accurate election for the GLA whilst enabling true innovation in line with legislation changes – delivering higher confidence in the voting process for citizens, parties, candidates and all those with an interest in the election.”

Together with CGI, Smartmatic is honoured to partner with the Greater London Authority to conduct their 2020 elections. “It is truly rewarding to work with Election Administrators that share Smartmatic’s commitment to transparent and accessible elections. London elections will employ modern technology that is secure and reliable and will enhance citizens’ trust in the process and strengthen democracy,” explained Antonio Mugica, Chief Executive Officer of Smartmatic.

Smartmatic technology has processed over 3.7 billion votes in election projects on five continents.  Recently, Smartmatic was awarded a contract to assist the Los Angeles County –the largest elections jurisdiction in the United States– in the development, manufacturing and implementation of the County’s new elections system by 2020. Last October, Smartmatic also helped Belgian authorities to conduct local elections using its cutting-edge technology.