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Caracas, April 14, 2004.- The first batch, comprised of 1,000 SAES3000 voting machines, reached Venezuela today. The aforementioned machines were manufactured by Olivetti Tecnost in accordance with Smartmatic specifications; and they were purchased in that country by the National Electoral Council (CNE).

This first batch is part of a group of 20.000 voting machines, which are expected to completely arrive to Venezuela during the next eight weeks. Immediately upon delivery, the voting machines will be able to be checked and configured in accordance with the type of elections or referenda process they will initially be assigned to.

The electronic voting pads, which complement the voting machines in certain electoral processes, are also starting to arrive to Venezuela. "Once configured, the machines will be available for potential public demonstration and for their definite use in the next popular consultation process, be that of whatever nature it shall be ", explains Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic.

About SAES3000
The SAES3000 voting machines have been designed to guarantee a complete security and confidentiality of the suffrages, allowing the citizens to express their electoral decision in a fast and easy way, with a zero null-and-void index.

The SAES3000 voting machines are equipped with touch sensitive LCDs, designed to ease and accelerate the voting process; electronic connectivity, for the automated transmission of the votes to the tabulation centers; and non-sequential and encrypted storage of the votes, in order to ensure up to a 100% audit of the system and the confidentiality of every single vote.

In addition, each SAES3000 machine has an internal printer, which will record on paper each voter's decision, without revealing the voter's identity. "The physical votes collected at the ballot boxes are a safe support and a verification instance of the information recorded by the electronic media ", adds Mugica.

The equipment was manufactured in Italy by Olivetti Tecnost. With a presence in 70 countries, Olivetti Tecnost is the business unit of the Telecom Italy Group for office and systems solutions, and it specializes in banking, sales and electoral systems technology applications.

About Smartmatic

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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