Citizens in Northern Ireland can now register to vote online thanks to the launch of a bespoke electoral system, specially designed for The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland (EONI).
Awarding a ten-year contract to Idox Elections which covers design, build, implementation and management of a new web-based electoral management system, EONI’s transition to online Individual Electoral Registration (IER) allows members of the public to register and update their details online, bringing Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK and modern voter expectations.
As part of the process, Idox also supported EONI in transferring 1.2 million personal data records safely into the new system – a volume equating to the largest electoral roll in the UK.
With the secure and fully-integrated digital platform now live, EONI will be able to manage its register and deliver parliamentary and local elections more efficiently than before, saving time and improving voter satisfaction, while driving cost savings.
The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland’s CEO said: “This Idox system provides a vital new point of access for people in Northern Ireland in exercising their democratic rights.”
Jim Smith, Head of Project Management at Idox commented:
“Building a complex electoral system from scratch is a massive achievement, and has involved a great deal of hard work from both the EONI and Idox project teams. Seeing the new system live is incredibly satisfying for everyone involved and demonstrates how technology, expertise and collaboration combined can deliver a service specifically designed to serve and convenience today’s voters. We look forward to continuing to work closely with EONI as they deliver future elections using our digital solution.”
From this week (18th June), Northern Ireland residents are able to apply online to register to vote. For residents wishing to utilise the online voter registration service, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote