7,000 e-Voting machines for sale or disposal by Irish Government
12 January 2012
The Irish Government has announced plans to dispose of electronic voting machines from Dutch company NeDap, which have cost an estimated €54.756 million.
Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan has said a request for tenders will be published shortly, seeking proposals either for the purchase of the equipment, its disposal as waste or resale.
However, he stated that while being optimistic, they also had to be realistic, which is why the request for tenders also included the option of disposal as waste.
E-voting machines were originally trialled in the 2002 General Election.
A nationwide roll-out had been planned ahead of European and elections in 2004, however this was put on hold after concerns were raised around the machines' security after the integrity of the ballot could not be guaranteed.
After it was deemed too costly to make the necessary changes, the Government looked for a different seller to buy the machines from them, however none was found.
It is estimated that €51m was spent on e-voting machines before the decision to scrap them was made, not including the cost of storage and maintenance. This was put at €696,000 in 2006 alone, which was said to be as a result of the need to insure the machines and keep them in a secure location.
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