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Caracas, November 27, 2006 - The Smartmatic Automated Election System (SAES) demonstrated one more time a solid performance, after having zero numerical inconsistencies and 100% accuracy in the tabulation of results, during a pre-election audit held this weekend.

A total of 162 SAES3000 and SAES3300 electronic voting machines were under scrutiny from specialists of the Venezuelan Electoral Power, political parties representatives and local and international observers. The sample represented 0.5% of the 32,400 units to be deployed in the upcoming presidential elections, on December 3rd.

During the simulation, operators and technicians from audit teams cast votes on each of the machines and, upon completion of the process, the data was transmitted to the Tally Center of the National Electoral Commission. The information showed total accuracy to both vote tallies stored in machines? memory and the count of printed ballots.

Tibisay Lucena, president of the Venezuelan Electoral Power, assured the performance of machines and technological platform is perfect, since there were no discrepancies between the votes registered and cast and the final electronic tally. All attendees certified Smartmatic's electoral solution, after verifying and signing the acts from all audits made previously.

Smartmatic is the only company that suits the fulfillment of multiple audits in its voting system. Before each election organized in Venezuela using Smartmatic technology, various audits are carried out where the electoral authorities and representatives from the political parties conduct tests over the totality of the voting system in order to certify its proper functionality. In this case, for the upcoming presidential election, it has been organized various events to endorse the automated system, such as: quality tests, audit of voting software, hardware audit, engineering tests, National Electoral Trial and the pre-election audit. Additionally, the same day of the election 54% of the voting machines will be audited, comparing the electronic count against the voting receipts stored in the ballot boxes.

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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