Auto vote IT system in boom…Export to be developed in KRW 110 billion within 2 years
Lim Song Yeop | starleaf@ | 2017-09-12 11:16:01

It is confirmed that the export of automation devices for election equipment of related enterprises has greatly increased as the Korean government`s ODA, which was conducted for foreign countries, became a prime role. It is thanks to the fact that domestic companies` software (SW) and hardware (HW) recognition related to election automation have greatly increased overseas.

According to the World Council of Election Agency and the industry on September 11, the export amount of the election automation system of the domestic enterprise has reached KRW 110 billion in the past two years. Considering that the government has applied ODA to six countries including Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, DR Congo, and Uzbekistan, the amount of business received by domestic companies is 12.2 times.

The industry believes that the election automation system that the World Electoral Commission (KEC) first supplied to Kyrgyzstan in 2015 has become a global benchmark, and that exports to other countries will go down. MirSystems is a successful pioneer in the global election automation market. The company has supplied equipment to four countries, including Iraq, Russia and El Salvador, as well as exporting systems to the Kyrgyzstan apart from the government ODA. A representative of MirSystems said, "In April, we signed a contract with the Iraqi election system to export equipment, and we are in the process of exporting the system to other countries besides the existing four countries."

Earlier, the World Electoral Commission supported the election automation system in Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the Central Election Commission and the Korea International Cooperation Agency. In October 2015, Kyrgyzstan made an election by introducing a domestic optical readout machine at 2338 national polling stations in the actual general election.

"The success of ODA projects in Kyrgyzstan has raised the awareness of domestic election IT technology," an expert from the World Electoral Agency mentioned. "These successes are leading to the export of domestic companies." It was reported that Korean IT engineers visited the site and gave education and training. In order to complete the election automation system in one country, various SW and HW equipments must be equipped on a large scale. It is analyzed that companies` exports exceeded KRW 100 billion in a short period of time.

First, the optical reader included in the voting equipment automatically recognizes the ballot and sign information through OMR reading and sends it to the central server. The result of the counting result and the terminal scans and transmits the counting table with the result of counting. There is also a need for an election information system, which is a dedicated application developed to manage the manual election procedures in a computerized manner. Dedicated data centers should also be built to build an IT-based election environment.

Election SW and HW sales of domestic companies are expected to increase as demand for electronic voting in global nations increases.

"Some countries use e-voting in accordance with the election law in foreign countries, especially in the election. Therefore it is possible to reduce the illegal intervention in the election, so the demand for the election automation system is expected to increase more and more. On the other hand, the World Electoral Agency Council is the first international organization created in 2013 and has a secretariat in Songdo, Incheon.”

By Lim Song Yeop starleaf@

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