London, June 21, 2016 – In preparation for the European Referendum on June 23rd, over 11,000 poll workers will have received online training and be better prepared to manage the referendum process, polling stations and elector queries, according to Scytl, the global leader in secure election management and online voting solutions. Using leading edge technology from Scytl and delivery by Halarose Limited, online training is setting the precedent for elections to come.
Recruiting and training election staff is one of the most significant challenges faced by election offices. During national elections, the UK’s 425 local authorities are required to train up to 73,000, geographically dispersed workers to administer polling stations and enable votes to be cast easily and efficiently. Each poll worker must be trained in order to successfully complete their specific duties on Election Day. Traditionally this training takes the form of trainers travelling to various sites and the production of costly training materials.
Scytl Election Training delivers an engaging and interactive learning platform allowing workers to access comprehensive and engaging training content online. Scytl’s web-based technology enables election offices to train staff more effectively and cut costs, an efficiency that is already being realized by the poll workers being trained for the upcoming EU Referendum. As electoral bodies across the globe realize the benefits of training poll workers online, Scytl continues to deliver leading edge web-based training and has trained over 62,000 polling station staff in the UK alone since 2012 and 500,000 election staff worldwide.
“Managing national and local elections is a highly complex undertaking. Using state of the art technology to train and monitor the development of election staff is just one way to improve efficiencies and reduce cost,” says Pere Valles, CEO at Scytl. “There is a major opportunity for government and election offices to enhance how elections are run using web-based solutions. We are delighted to a key role in training staff in the run up to the European vote this week.”
Scytl’s Election Training accommodates a wide variety of learning preferences and styles through use of multimedia including video, voiceover and interactive exercises. By providing standardised training contents in line with the Electoral Commission’s guidance, election authorities can ensure they are receiving materials which are consistent and available at any time and from any location with an internet connection.
Scytl is the global leader in secure election management and electronic voting solutions. Specializing in election modernization technologies, Scytl offers the first end-to-end election management and voting platform, providing the highest security and transparency standards currently available. Scytl has capitalized on its more than 18 years of research to develop election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio of the industry.
Scytl’s solutions have been successfully used in over 42 countries across the globe over the last 10 years, including Canada, the United States, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India, Iceland and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with strategic offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Peru and Greece, as well as field offices in the UK, Ukraine, Mexico, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Australia. For more information, visit www.scytl.com.
Halarose Limited is an established, forward-thinking supplier of electoral software solutions to local authorities across the UK, including the five largest electoral registration areas in the forthcoming referendum. Their mission is to empower electoral administrators with reliable, user-friendly and contemporary electoral software and to support them with an exceptional support service. Furthermore, Halarose lead their industry in making their software efficient and easy-to-use, bringing innovations to the market that are helping local authorities deliver more responsive services at a lower cost. For more information, please visit: www.halarose.co.uk
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