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Caracas, March 15, 2006.- "The Venezuelan voting system has features which fulfill the most advanced international standards of electronic voting. For example, when it comes to auditing paper trails, the system developed in Venezuela is probably the most advanced system in the world nowadays.? This statement issued by the European Union (EU) Mission for Election Observation appeared in the final report on the Parliamentary Elections held in Venezuela at the end of 2005.

The mission, headed by José Silva Peneda, expressed satisfaction over the guarantees provided by the voting system to the Venezuelan Electoral Authority (the National Election Council, or CNE) and regarded the latest elections observation as a positive experience.

The EU observers found the voting machines highly reliable. "In cases where contingencies were observed in some machines, they were rapidly fixed or replaced". This kind of reliability was also confirmed through the manual count of the printed paper trails after the transmission of results was completed, in 45% of the poll places.

Silva Peneda emphasized the effectiveness, accuracy and quickness of transmissions and tabulation of results in the Venezuelan elections and stated that the automated voting system, developed by Smartmatic and implemented in Venezuela since 2004, "is a totally innovative tool and is absolutely trustworthy".

In view of the Venezuelan success with the automation of elections and its impact in support of democracy, the CNE authorities and the EU representatives proposed to develop programs to promote electronic voting in the near future.

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Smartmatic is a multinational company that specializes in the design and end-to-end deployment of complex purpose-specific technology solutions. With an unsurpassed technology base, continuous innovation, and quality in processes and results, Smartmatic is organized around three business areas: Electronic voting systems, intelligent and integrated security systems for large enterprises and governments, and advanced solutions for people registration and authentication for a wide range of government applications.
Smartmatic is a privately held company with offices in the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Spain, Philippines and Taiwan.  It has more than 200 employees worldwide.  Its capacity for innovation and wide range of products and services have earned Smartmatic extensive recognition in the technology community worldwide.

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