Posted on Monday 22 November 2010 by Ulster Business


David Anning, Logica, Liz Ure, Scottish Government, Ann-Marie Slavin, CEO, OPT2VOTE and Siobhan Donaghy, Chief Technology Officer, OPT2VOTE

Derry-based election services provider OPT2VOTE Ltd. has won a multi-million pound contract to provide electronic vote-counting services in local government elections in Scotland. The company won the £5.2m contract in a partnership led by Logica, one of the UK's largest technology companies.

OPT2VOTE's software will be used to prepare ballot papers for printing and to enable the electronic counting of completed ballot papers, while Logica will provide implementation and support services before and during elections. The contract covers the local government elections scheduled in all 32 Scottish Councils for May 2012 as well as subsequent by-elections in local authorities until 2015. Scotland's Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Jim Mather said: "Since the problems encountered in the 2007 elections, this Government has taken a series of measures and introduced reforms to ensure there is no repeat. The introduction of the new e-counting system is a major step in that process." "We are delighted to have secured such a high-profile contract", said Ann-Marie Slavin, Managing Director of OPT2VOTE. "The win confirms our position as one of the premier providers of election services in the UK. We are particularly pleased to have won the contract in collaboration with Logica, a long-standing and valued partner with huge expertise in the UK public sector."


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