Government to tighten voting machine policy

The government is to revamp its policy on computer voting machines. The move follows an independent report criticising it for relying too heavily on the software developers for compiling the results and a lack of in-house expertise.

Junior home affairs minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten told MPs she would draw up specifications for the development, protection and use of voting machines immediately.
The commission also said that the machines should be capable of generating a paper trial in case a recount was needed. Some 90% of people voted by machine in the last election.

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