Fujitsu signs major deal to provide Scottish election tech

  • Global digital transformation firm Fujitsu has announced that it's just secured a major contract to provide new ballot counting solutions for local government elections

    As we've all learned from recent global events, the quick and accurate counting of ballots is an essential part of any election. Scotland has been using e-Counting systems in its local government elections since 2007, with software firm Idox providing support for the 2012 and 2017 local elections.

    Fujitsu has now signed a new five year contract to provide e-Counting solutions in future elections. The project is being led by Fujitsu’s Devolved Government Team in Scotland, who will be working closely with Idox and Elite Training to provide a complete e-Counting solution for the Scottish Local Government elections in May 2022.

    The group will handle the counting software infrastructure, printing and distribution of ballot papers, the counting process itself, and training and support for local authorities. 

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    Scotland's Minister for Parliamentary Business Graeme Dey said: "Electronic vote counting is now an established feature of local government elections in Scotland and is key to ensuring accurate and timely results that voters can have confidence in. The recent award of a contract to Fujitsu and its partners will deliver the next generation of a secure electronic counting system for the local government elections in May 2022."

    Anwen Owen, Head of Fujitsu’s Public Sector Business said: "Digital transformation projects like this provide value for society which is at the core of Fujitsu’s purpose and aspirations. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and Local Authorities to showcase the positive impact technology and innovation can have for the people of Scotland by streamlining and improving processes."

    Source: Written based on press release

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