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March 2, 2021

Local elections simulation. IT system undergoes first test

The first of the three nationwide local elections simulations took place on Sunday, the IT system that monitors voter turnout and prevents multiple voting being tested in it.

This is the first of the three simulations scheduled to verify the proper functioning of IT applications that monitor voter turnout and prevent multiple voting.

“The simulation will be conducted in conditions as close to the real ones as possible, in order to be able to identify and remedy the possible dysfunctionalities,” Minister Petre Toba announced in early May. Sunday’s simulation was organised by the Standing Electoral Authority (AEP) and the Special Telecommunications Service (STS). The Interior Ministry, the Education Ministry and prefectures, supported the representatives of these two institutions.

The system for the prevention of illegal voting entails a network made up of tablets and other devices present in almost all voting centres in the country. Connected to the internet, to a networked secured by STS, these tablets send voters’ real data in real time. Thus, the central unit will be able to compare them with the information coming from the rest of the voting centres. In Sunday’s test, operators went in voting centres and transmitted data just as it would happen on election day, using the network put at their disposal by STS, the communications being thus tested, AEP officials inform.

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