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Jul 03, 2011

DRS sponsor ACEEEO Conference to highlight the role of Electoral Management Bodies across Europe

Earlier this month DRS Data Services Ltd was one of the key sponsors joining The Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) at its 20th anniversary conference in Budapest, Hungary, the country where the Association was founded.

One of the main activities of the Association is to support the independence and professionalism of the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) in Europe and other ACEEEO member states and this is a key reason why DRS chose to support the Association as a conference sponsor.At this year’s 20th anniversary event one of the key topics for discussion and debate was the introduction of voting technologies.DRS Head of Elections, Sonya Anderson, explains;

“As a global leader in the provision of election technologies, working in partnership with electoral management bodies, commissions and international advisory bodies and NGOs, DRS fully supports many of the world’s election associations. We believe the work of the ACEEEO is crucial in maintaining the integrity, independence and impartiality of EMBs across Europe and in highlighting best practice with regards to the modernisation of the electoral process and the use of technology to facilitate this.”

The Conference discussed various aspects of the activities of independent EMBs and establishing guarantees for democratic, free and fair elections.There was considerable discussion and debate regarding the unquestioned role that technology plays in this.

DRS is continually working with and supporting organisations in over 60 countries on significant large scale, time-critical and complex projects and has first-hand experience working with established and emerging democracies, providing election technologies for both the casting and counting of votes and also the initial establishment of a secure and robust voters list.DRS solutions bring the benefit of speed and accuracy while ensuring the security of results, helping to ensure greater transparency of the electoral administrative processes.

Additional information

Established in 1969, DRS is a global leader in election technology, with proven skills and expertise to manage data capture projects of any size or complexity around the world.DRS’ comprehensive technologies offer security and reliability whether utilised for capturing voter registration details or for facilitating the voting process itself in electronic voting or counting projects.Providers of hardware, software, printed ballot papers, technical support, training and advice, DRS has delivered efficiency and security to the electoral administration process in countries as diverse as Norway, Oman, Hong Kong and Bosnia & Herzegovina and continues to be the UK market leader in electronic voting and electronic counting hardware and software systems.

DRS fully supports the independent review and accreditation of election technology to ensure that it is properly integrated into the electoral administrative processes and supports many of the world’s election associations including the UK AEA, the ACEEEO, IFES and the Association of African Election. Visit www.drs.co.uk for more details.

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