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Smartmatic technology delivers official results in record breaking time in Ecuador
Associated Press
2014-02-24 09:01 AM

QUITO, Ecuador--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 23, 2014--For the first time in the democratic history of Ecuador, official results were announced in one hour after polls closed. This was only possible in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, the province in which electronic voting solution was implemented using Smartmatic technology.

"The elections in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas proved that electronic voting ?Vwhen implemented nationally- will provide all Ecuadorians with a secure, fast and trustworthy vote," said Antonio Mugica, CEO for Smartmatic.

In order to test different technologies available, the Consejo Nacional Electoral de Ecuador (CNE) used Smartmatic technology to automate the elections of the Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas province.

"The electronic voting implemented in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, on top of being secure, is particularly voter friendly. This technology has been successfully deployed in hundreds of elections worldwide. That was one of the reasons this e-voting pilot was a success," explained Alfredo Paredes, Project Manager for the CNE.

Key facts about the election

At 8:27 am, voting had started in 100% of precincts.

Only 60 minutes after polls closed, the CNE was able to announce the official results with 99% of transmission.

Besides providing the technology, Smartmatic offered a suite of integrated services to guarantee the success of the pilot. Services included: operating a support center; configuring the voting machines; defining, planning and executing the?training?plan for both the electorate and the staff; preparing, deploying and collecting the?electronic electoral kits; among other services.

During the days preceding the elections, authorities organized three simulations in 10 poll centers in Santo Domingo de Tsachilas. These tests encompassed voting and data transmission, and involved the participation of actual voters, political parties, CNE technicians and Smartmatic personnel.

About Smartmatic

By helping governments become more transparent and more efficient, our technology benefits societies around the world. Our automated elections make it easier for nations to let people decide their leaders securely. With over 2.3 billion ballots cast and counted, no other company has more experience helping democracies vote easily, securely and accurately. So far we've run verifiable and auditable elections in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean ?V and there's more to come.

We employ over 600 professionals in the US, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Barbados, Haiti, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Philippines, India and Taiwan.

CONTACT: Smartmatic

Mrs. Samira Saba, +1-561-862-0747

Marketing and Communications Director

communications@smartmatic.com

KEYWORD: SOUTH AMERICA ECUADOR

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY HARDWARE SOFTWARE PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS/CAMPAIGNS

SOURCE: Smartmatic

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