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Caracas, June 11, 2004.-
During a press conference held at the headquarters of the Venezuelan Electoral Power, Antonio Mugica, representative of the SBC Consortium, explained that the voter will only need to touch the computer's screen, where there will be two buttons -one with the word "yes" and the other one with the word "no"-, in accordance with the voter's choice.

The voter will be able to change his/her choice whenever he/she so desires it. Once the voter has made his/her final choice, he/she just has to click on the "vote" button, and the machine will provide the voter with a paper slip where his/her vote is physically verified.

Mugica guaranteed that there will be no hidden mechanisms, able to distort the citizens' vote, inside the machine. The system is completely auditable and each vote has seven backup copies:

   1. A physical vote printed on security paper;
   2. An electronic vote, saved on a removable memory, encrypted in a 192 bits  format;
   3. An electronic vote, saved on the machine's fixed memory, also encrypted;
   4. A counting document per voting station;
   5. A counting document transmitted to the tabulation center;
   6. A record of the votes transmitted to the tabulation center;
   7. A final tally document.

He stated that 13 thousand, out of the 20 thousand machines needed, are already in Venezuela and that the remaining 7 thousand will arrive to the country before the end of June.

About SAES3000
The SAES3000 voting machines have been designed to guarantee a complete security and confidentiality of the suffrages, allowing the citizens to express their electoral decision in a fast and easy way, with a zero null-and-void index.

The SAES3000 machines are equipped with touch sensitive LCDs, designed to ease and accelerate the voting process; electronic connectivity, for the automated transmission of the votes to the tabulation centers; and non-sequential and encrypted storage of the votes, in order to ensure up to a 100% audit of the system and the confidentiality of every single vote.

In addition, each SAES3000 machine has an internal printer, which will record on paper each voter's decision, without revealing the voter's identity. "The physical votes collected at the ballot boxes are a safe support and a verification instance of the information recorded by the electronic media ", adds Mugica.

The equipment was manufactured in Italy by Olivetti Tecnost. With a presence in 70 countries, Olivetti Tecnost is the business unit of the Telecom Italy Group for office and systems solutions, and it specializes in banking, point of sales, automated games and electoral systems technology applications.

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