In a move that has cast doubts about its intention to use technology in the electoral processes, the Government has decided not to implement e-voting in the coming year.
Revealing the Government’s stance on the issue, Michael Wills, the minister for justice in a written statement before the parliament mentioned that “"The Government does not plan to introduce e-voting for the 2009 European or local elections.”
Incidentally e-voting has experienced a fair share of criticism during its use in mayoral election in London this year with many raising concerns regarding inadequacies its design and testing.
In addition doubts about aspects related to security around e-voting have also been raised from various quarters.
However this decision does not necessarily signify the end of e-voting in near future with the minister mentioning in the same statement that the Government will continue to fund work related to remote electronic voting from the already exiting budgets earmarked for electoral modernisation schemes.