Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (377, 378, 379)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

507 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the person to whom he or his Department has given responsibility for perfecting the proposed electronic voting system; the cost or likely costs involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3205/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

509 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the total cost to date of preparations for electronic voting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3207/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 507 and 509 together.

My Department has overall responsibility for the delivery of electronic voting and counting working in conjunction with the system suppliers, returning officers and their staff, the Local Government Computer Services Board and the company handling the public awareness and information campaign. To date, some €20 million has been spent on the project, which is estimated to cost €44 million, including VAT. The estimated cost of the public education and awareness campaign, which will also include a major drive to encourage people to vote, is €5 million, including VAT.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

508 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the considered and expert opinion which questions the security of electronic voting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3206/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I refer to my reply to Question No. 211 on today's Order Paper.

Question No. 509 answered with QuestionNo. 507.