After being selected to provide an Electronic Vote Counting Solution to the Electoral Commission of Malta, Idox has reported a number of early project successes and highlights, with preparations well underway for the country’s May 2019 elections.
As part of a phased implementation and delivery, the team has already led a number of system trials with performance testing now completed ahead of a mock election scheduled for early December 2018.
Since the contract was awarded in November 2017, project milestones include:
- Over 40,000 General Election results successfully tested via Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR)
- Batches of 160,000, 220,000 and 390,000 ballot papers successfully bulk tested by the Idox eCount software
- More than 390,000 ballots scanned within expected timescales
- Ongoing, effective stakeholder engagement to ensure transparency and coordination
The Maltese press have commended the Idox eCount software, acknowledging the speed and efficiency it brings to elections following a project briefing by the Idox team and the Electoral Commission on 13 November 2018. In this press video, Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Malta, Joseph Church noted:
“This digital system from Idox has been revolutionary for us as it has even changed the way our team thinks and plans given we never used an electronic system like this before. We are convinced that on the day we start the process of the counting of votes, we will have a confirmed result.”
Commenting on the project highlights to date, Paul Beaney, Operations Director from Idox said:
“Given the magnitude of our partnership with the Electoral Commission, we’re delighted with the progress made so far. Using our extensive experience of implementing state-of-the-art electronic counting software, we’ve been able to stay on the front foot and undertake comprehensive testing and system trials to ensure Malta, has an accurate, timely, transparent and effective eCount solution to support Parliamentary, General and Local elections from 2019 until 2024.”
Idox’s e-counting technology has already been used by all 32 Scottish local authorities to manage the same Single Transferable Vote (STV) method adopted in Malta – reducing the time it takes to count ballot papers and provide calculations from days to hours and minutes. Next month’s mock election in Malta will serve to further demonstrate the benefits of using such a digital solution to transform election delivery in the build up to the main event next May.
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