Neil Kinnock director of electronic voting company in Scotland fiasco

The stench of nepotism and election fixing is getting stronger
and more pungent as it emerged last night that one of the directors of the
company DRS, responsible for the electronic voting systems and postal vote counting
machines is non other than Neil Kinnock

One of Tony Blair’s best mates, a guru to the prime
minister, Kinnock was formerly a European Commissioner. Now a Labour Peer, he was
hired by the Milton Keynes-based company in 2005. A year later, DRS
won the lucrative contract with the then Labour-run Scottish Executive to
provide electronic counting machines for both Scottish parliament and local
elections.

DRS, which last year had sales of £16million, has also been involved in
elections for the Mayor of London and the European Parliament, which were hit
by delays.

Lord Kinnock stepped down from his EU job in 2004 but his wife Glenys
remains a member of the Brussels Parliament. (source)

Angus MacNeil, MP for the Scottish Nationalists, who
narrowly beat Labour into second place last week, promised his party would hold
a second separate inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the award of the
contract.

A spokesman for DRS Data
Services said: “There was a blockage at the end of the counting process
that stopped the consolidation of the data. 

Independent analyses, by experts neither paid by nor
reporting to voting machine vendors, have discovered many areas for improvement
in today’s technologies, yet most vendors systematically try to prevent such
analyses.
 

Perhaps it is time for the DRS
equipment used in Scotland to undergo forensic testing to ensure that the algorithms used are legal
and have not been tampered with in any way, especially following the well
documented cases in the US.
here and here
(scroll down for references).

One thing that needs to be done immediately, a Judge needs to
order
ALL electronic voting data be seized and secured, so that it
can be examined at a later date should that be necessary.
 

Imagine this, after the election, someone discovers rogue
software in the voting machines that flipped some votes from A to B. Or someone
gets caught vote tampering — changing the data on electronic memory cards. The
problem is that the original data is lost forever; all we have is the hacked
vote.

Remember, the results in Scotland
were not as bad for Labour as the media had been telling us, nor what the
election experts nor the political pundits and betting industry had predicted.
Could they all have been so wrong. The question is, did Labour fix the machines
to ensure their losses were only measured ones.? 

The whole fiasco stinks….

 

NuLab – Destroying Britain
from the inside out.

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0 Responses to Neil Kinnock director of electronic voting company in Scotland fiasco

  1. Anonymous says:

    You wrote:
    “Imagine this, after the election, someone discovers rogue software in the voting machines that flipped some votes from A to B. Or someone gets caught vote tampering — changing the data on electronic memory cards. The problem is that the original data is lost forever; all we have is the hacked vote.”
    These comments are totally irrelevant to the Scottish elections. There were NO voting machines. ALL the votes were recorded by the voters on real paper ballot papers. We have ALL of those paper ballots and they must be stored securely for at least one year. ALL of the electronic data must be stored securely for at least four years. So there are plenty of opportunities to run any checks you want, if an Election Court so orders.