Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (38)

Simon Coveney

Question:

23 Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount that has been spent on the Commission on Electronic Voting to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter [27539/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

In accordance with section 25 of the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2004, funding to meet the expenses of the commission is made available to it by the Minister for Finance from the central fund. I understand that to date €0.7 million has been provided from the central fund in this regard.

The Commission on Electronic Voting is an independent body which was established by the Legislature to assess the secrecy and accuracy of the Nedap-Powervote electronic voting and counting system. My Department does not have details of its activities or agendas.