|[February 23, 2014]
Smartmatic technology delivers official results in record breaking time in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador --(Business Wire)--
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 Tsáchilas, the province in which
electronic voting solution was implemented using Smartmatic technology.
"The elections in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas proved that electronic
voting -when implemented nationally- will provide all Ecuadorians with a
secure, fast and trustworthy vote," said Antonio Mugica, CEO for
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 Tsáchilas province.
"The electronic voting implemented in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, on
top of being secure, is particularly voter friendly. This technology has
been successfully deployed in hundreds of elections worldwde. 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 Tsáchilas. These
tests encompassed voting and data transmission, and involved the
participation of actual voters, political parties, CNE technicians and
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