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Sep 24, 2008

DRS e-Counting delivers again in Scotland

DRS e-Counting solutions have once again delivered results efficiently and effectively in Scotland, this time in the Baillieston Ward by-election.  Following last year’s complex single transferable vote elections, which were successfully counted in Glasgow by DRS, Glasgow City Council was keen to utilise e-Counting for future STV elections.

Returning Officer, George Black said the Baillieston Ward election count was a great success, with results being available within 1.5 hours.

With an electorate of over 23 thousand, the postal and normal ballot papers were electronically counted using three DRS PhotoScribe® scanners. With a 22.68 percent turnout, the papers were registered, scanned, verified and adjudicated where necessary by the Returning Officer and his staff, and the results were delivered less than an hour after scanning commenced.  The complex single transferable count finally went to nine stages. If counted manually it could have taken around 34 people anything between five and six hours to process this complex count.

Comments George: “For this sort of election, electronic counting allows us to produce a result more quickly and more accurately than would ever be the case with manual counting.  Public confidence in the method of counting elections is absolutely vital.  DRS, my staff and the parties in Glasgow have shown that this is a system people can trust to produce the right result in a reasonable length of time.”

DRS elections specialist, Samantha Jones comments: “DRS is delighted to have once again worked with Glasgow City Council.  This use of technology has shown the long term commitment by both Returning Officers in Scotland and DRS to build the confidence and understanding of all stakeholders in the use of electronic counting and to demonstrate that it truly delivers.”

For more information please contact:

Katie McBreen or Jill Hawkins
Friday’s Media Group, 18 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QL
Telephone: 0207 268 3794