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Electronic voting and Ict highlighted at the World e-Parliament Conference

The results of the world conference highlighting the use of technology in Parliaments

Over 57% of the Parliaments all over the world make use of electronic voting systems and nearly 60% have installed digital displays to visualize texts, graphics, video streaming and video conferences in their Parliamentary Assembly halls.

During the 2014 meeting that took place in Korea during May, the results were published of the 2012 World e-Parliament Conference held at the Chamber of Deputies in September in Rome. On this occasion, Italy was pleased to present its technical advancements and cutting-edge applications as applied to the Electronic Voting System of the Italian Parliament and the European Parliament. Both of these were implemented by Eurel Informatica, a leader at a European level among Italian Companies invollving Electronic Voting Systems.

The analysis of the results provided by 156 World Parliaments, totalling 177 Assembly Halls, has pointed out the methods used by Chambers, equipped with Electronic Voting Systems (57%), use different detection methods as follows:

· 67% follows the method of the assigned places

· 56% identifies members via their electronic badges

· 20% uses the biometric method in other words finger print sensors, such as the one designed by Eurel Informatica, on Electronic Voting Systems installed in the Italian and Albanian Parliaments

Apart from the use of the digital displays already installed in 60% of Parliaments, using systems to produce reports in digital formats of Parliamentary sessions has started to be more and more important. In fact, the use of this method has passed from 57% to 64 from 2009 through to 2012.

The percentage of parliaments able to provide an internet wireless connections has further increased from 77% to 83% during the period from 2009 to 2012 while main parliamentary activities and functions have a greater ongoing need for technological supports that range from managing parliamentary websites (79%) and the database for laws already approved (73%) then passing on to drawing up laws and amendments (45%), the delivery of speeches and debates during plenary sessions (66%) as well as the votings of laws and proposals (57%).

The relationship between lawmaking and technology is thus destined to be consolidated more and more over time and Eurel Informatica is ready to accept new challenges met along the path of technological advancement.

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