Key Considerations: Decision in Principle

Last updated on December 17, 2013

For Implementing Bodies 

  • To what extent have key electoral stakeholders been consulted openly and widely in the decision making process on the adoption of electronic voting or counting technologies?
  • Is the decision making process based on the research into available technologies and judged against clearly identified objectives?
  • Does the implementing body have the necessary authority to consider the use of voting and counting technologies?
  • Is the decision making process based on a needs assessment that identifies whether there are problems with the current voting or counting process?
  • Do products which meet the requirements set out for the chosen technology exist and if such products do exist, has an assessment of their financial feasibility and sustainability of been conducted?

For Oversight Actors

  • Have the primary reasons for considering the adoption of new technologies been clearly and publicly explained, including which specific problems technology is meant to address? 
  • Has the decision-making process assessed the current system; proportionality of advantages and disadvantages; costs versus benefits; technical feasibility; EMB institutional capacity; and legality of using e-technologies? 
  • Have key stakeholders, including parties, civil society, and the media, and the public been informed of the above assessments?  
  • To what extent have key stakeholders’ support, opposition or other input been considered?
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