Barcelona & Reykjavik, December 18, 2013 – Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization announces the launch of online residents referendums in Iceland in aims of introducing online voting technology across the country.
“The need to enhance and modernize the electoral process in Iceland to ensure increased participation in line with 21st century technology has led us to launch our online referendum channel for trial purposes,” says Margrét Hauksdóttir, Director General of Registers Iceland
As part of Iceland’s strategic initiative to create a more agile and participatory electoral process, Þjóðskrá Íslands (Registers Iceland) – the office under the Ministry of the Interior which e.g. maintains the national register – has begun an online citizen referendum program aimed at streamlining the path to online voting in the country. The initial projects kicking off in 2013 will encompass citizens of selected municipalities, for residents’ referendums taking place in 2014.
“Iceland will become the first country and reference for implementing online only referendum channels,” adds Mrs Hauksdóttir. “Moving to a secure, accessible and transparent technology platform will make Iceland a reference for modern electoral processes that encompass and embrace day to day use of online channels by our citizens.”
The solution being implemented by Iceland will encompass two initial online referendums providing the highest security levels available today and ensure voter privacy, strong voter authentication, the integrity of the referendum results and voter verifiability and auditability. All while providing user-friendly and accessible voting for its citizens.
“We are extremely proud of the opportunity to support the enablement of a modern and secure electoral process in Iceland with our experience and state-of-the art online voting technology. Being selected by Iceland to support these initiatives as a flagship in global electoral processes once again reinforces our focus on increasing and improving participatory democracy, citizen empowerment and public transparency via innovative online technology,” concludes Pere Valles, CEO of Scytl.
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 more than 30 countries throughout the world over the last 10 years, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain with strategic offices in Canada, the United States, Peru and Greece as well as field offices in the UK, Ukraine, Malaysia, India and Brazil. www.scytl.com
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