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Mar 24, 2014

Contract Award

DRS Data and Research Services plc (“DRS”) is pleased to announce that its joint venture arrangement, IntElect®, has had its London Assembly elections contract term of service extended to 2016.

2016 Mayor and London Assembly Elections

On 10 September 2010 the Company announced that the contract to supply electronic counting services to the 2012 Mayor and London Assembly elections had been awarded to IntElect®, a joint venture arrangement between DRS Data Services Limited (the subsidiary trading company of DRS Data and Research Services plc) and Electoral Reform Services Limited. IntElect® successfully delivered the London Assembly elections on 3 May 2012. As was indicated at the time, the contract included an option to extend the term of the service through to the same elections in 2016. 

I am delighted to confirm that this contract option has been exercised by the Greater London Returning Officer and IntElect® has agreed to provide these services in May 2016. The revenue value of the contract is £3,599,407 and the contract will be completed using the same electoral system and e-counting processes which were successfully applied in 2012 and will again be concentrated in three sub-regional count centres.

Electronic counting or ‘e-counting’, involves scanning ballot papers through machines that capture and store votes on a secure database. As well as counting the ballots, the machines can handle multiple votes on one ballot paper and operate with different voting systems. Ballot papers where the voter’s intention is unclear are referred to the Returning Officer’s staff to be adjudicated.  

DRS and ERS both have an established track record in delivering successful e-counting projects. ERS has been involved in postal voting administration since 1932 and DRS has provided election services in the UK and around the world since 1991 including the GLA elections in 2000, 2004 and 2012.

Jeff Jacobs, Greater London Returning Officer, said:

“I am pleased to be able to take up the option in our contract with IntElect® to have them provide electronic counting for the 2016 GLA elections. The elections for the Mayor of London and London Assembly are one of the largest single polls in Europe and use three different electoral systems. The speed and accuracy of electronic counting will mean that the results will be available the day after the election as voters and candidates have come to expect.”

CEO of ERS, Sian Roberts, said:
“IntElect® has demonstrated its ability to deliver on this time critical, complex election. We are very pleased to be working again with the Greater London Returning Officer and his team on this project through to 2016.”  

Steve Gowers, CEO of DRS, commented:
“We are delighted to have been selected to deliver the 2016 Mayor and London Assembly Elections and are looking forward to continuing the successful relationship between IntElect® and London Elects and supporting the Greater London Returning Officer in delivering this important project.”

Contacts

Sally Hopwood, Company Secretary
01908 666088