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Dominican Republic: Parties recognize automated voting need, ask for security

The security in the transmission of data and the transparency in the results, have become the main concern that revolves around the automated voting system that the Central Electoral Board (JCE) seeks to use in the primary elections of the parties.

Yesterday in a meeting between the technical delegates of the parties that will be devoted to primary and the Directorate of Informatics of the JCE, it was proposed that for the application of the technology a series of measures tending to guarantee the transparency of the process be adopted, through of technical audits. In the request, the parties Revolucionario Moderno (PRM), Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD), Alianza País and Opción Democrática agreed.

Robert Arias, of the PRM, indicated that they are requiring three levels of technical audits, equipment, software, program codes and the communication module. One would be carried out by party technicians, another by a national or international firm with high credibility and a third in the precincts and polling stations that would be done manually by voting level. “We need the Board to give us confidence, with an audit that guarantees hardware, programs and the communication system, to ensure that there is no link between the voter and the vote,” Arias said.

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