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Election trial proves the effectiveness of the SAES automated system

Caracas, November 14, 2005. ? Prior to the parliamentary elections in Venezuela scheduled for December 4th of this year, last Sunday the National Election Council (CNE) carried out a voting trial with the aim of increasing the participation of the citizens and their familiarization with the automated system produced by Smartmatic.

In support of this public activity, 4,200 voting machines were provided, 132 tabulation machines and 4,.200 voting centers, from which 51 were selected as pilots operating as if it were Election Day, with all the related infrastructure, logistics and security. Additionally, 66 tabulation centers were activated; 24 regional electoral boards and 42 municipal boards, all the regional election offices in the country, and the command center for the CNE. Likewise 4,225 communication trials were performed in voting centers and at the Electoral Board.

Throughout this trial, 8,637 operators and technicians from CNE and Smartmatic were working at a national level. Potential failures were analyzed and corrected, and contingency plans were proven effective in responding to the requests of the voters and officers of the election authority which might be raised during the legislative elections.

At the pilot centers, the Venezuelan citizens could familiarize themselves with the voting machines, the electronic voting books, the biometric reading equipment and the ballots without limitation. In addition, the participating Venezuelan citizens had the opportunity to learn about the candidates for the National Assembly, Latinamerican Parliament and Andean Parliament, in the December election.

Jorge Rodríguez, president of the Venezuelan election authority, called the day a success. Where ?the performance of the technicians, the logistic display, operators and everyone involved, worked perfectly, including the technology platform?. Rodríguez added that the trial served as an audit to ensure the software loaded to the machines was the same as that agreed to by the political parties and CNE.

In the opinion of the CNE director, Mrs. Tibisay Lucena: ?This has been the best of all the voting evaluation processes?, since 100% of the operators were present at the centers, and even earlier than in other opportunities ".

The event, which was open to the general public from 9.00am to 1.00pm, was part of the preliminary activities prior to the Parliamentary Elections 2005 organized by the CNE ? with the support of Smartmatic - guaranteeing the effective functioning of the voting instruments and procedures, and for being the mediator between the organization of the voting centers and its members.


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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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