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Elections: Ballot Papers

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, columns 921-22W, on elections: ballot papers, (1) who chaired the Electronic Counting Project Board that negotiated the contract to deliver an electronic counting service; (144350)

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract negotiated with DRS for delivery of an electronic counting service, redacted as necessary;

(3) which individuals were members of the Electronic Counting Project Board that negotiated the contract to deliver an electronic counting service.

The Electronic Counting Project Board was chaired by the Scottish Executive's Head of Local Governance and Licensing Division.

We do not intend placing a copy of the electronic counting contract with DRS in the Library at present but we will review this after completion of the Electoral Commission's independent review of the May elections. We have made it clear that Mr Ron Gould and his review team will have access to all the documents they require, including those relating to e-counting.

The members of the Electronic Counting Project Board were: the Scottish Executive’s Head of Local Governance and Licensing Division, an official from the Scottish Executive's Local Democracy Team, the E-counting Project Manager, the Scotland Office's Head of Elections and Social Policy Branch and the Scotland Office’s Elections Policy Advisor, the Returning Officer for East Renfrewshire, the Deputy Returning Officer for Edinburgh City Council, Head of Elections at DRS Data Services Limited, Project Manager from DRS Data Services Limited, and a representative of Electoral Reform Services.