Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dutch e-voting vendor blackmails govt

Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet - www.wijvertrouwenstemcomputersniet.nlIt is quite astonishing to read various blackmail threats from Jan Groenendaal, head of the main e-voting supplier to the Dutch government.

Documents revealed under Freedom of Information requests showed Groenendaal threatened to cease all activity if an e-voting sceptic (Rop Gonggrijp) was appointed to an independent review committee. He then proposed that "The ministry buys the shares of our company at a reasonable price, [...] and we will still cooperate during the next election (the Dutch 2007 provincial elections to be held March 7th)." Groenendaal also told the government that Gonggrijp should be arrested for exposing flaws in e-voting machines: "After all, his activities are destabilizing society and are as such comparable to terrorism. Preventive custody and a judicial investigation would have been very appropriate."

Do we want to let this type of person anywhere near the administration of UK e-elections?

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