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Peru joins trend of digital democratization across LatAm

LIMA, PERÚ - OCTUBRE 05. Implementación del voto electrónico en Punta Hermosa.Foto: ANDINA/Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini.

15:37 | Lima, Oct. 07.

Electronic voting solution was successfully deployed in the Peru 2014 Municipal and Regional Elections thus embracing the trend of digital democratization taking place across Latin America.

With this initiative, Peru is positioned at the forefront of the countries in Latin America looking at modernizing their electoral bodies to support improved citizen engagement and participation.

Supported by Scytl, a worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) was able to deliver Peruvian citizens a more secure, transparent and modern electoral system this year.

The initiative was implemented for 7 districts: Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra, Pucusana, Santa María del Mar, San Bartolo, La Punta (Callao) and Pacarán (Cañete).

This new voting channel has been used by over 85 percent of citizens enabled to vote via this electronic system.

In addition to ensure the modernization of the country´s electoral process, the Software Electoral en Red was used to provide elections improved security, transparency and efficiency.

Thus, ONPE continues committed to improving the efficiency and transparency of electoral processes and reiterates its confidence in the innovative technology provided by Scytl.

“We see a great commitment from ONPE in the adoption of electronic voting nationwide. With this success, Peru joins the trend of digital democratization taking place across Latin America,” comments Pere Valles, CEO Scytl.

In fact, the said electronic voting solution reportedly provides cost savings of between 30% and 40%, paired with positive effects on sustainability both environmental and financial. 

It should be noted the use of innovative software also helps accelerate the secure inclusion of disenfranchised communities such as the disabled and overseas citizens in future elections.

ONPE has launched its electoral modernization strategy and is committed to leaving its citizens a legacy of quality control in all its electoral processes. 

In addition to the various electoral ISO certifications being pursued, all the electoral modernization processes – such as electronic voting – have been submitted by ONPE to the most rigorous quality control processes by various national and international organizations. 

“We are keen to be part of this ambitious plan to expand electronic voting progressively across the country, making Peru one of the most modern and avant-garde electoral references in Latin America,” added Edgardo Torres-Caballero, General Manager for LatAme and the Caribbean, Scytl.

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Published: 10/7/2014
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