Given what is being described as an “urgent need”, Cabinet has waived the tender process for the purchase of DS 200 Precinct Scanner and Tabulator machines — voting equipment that will be used in the 2019 General Elections.
The tendering process was also waived for the purchase of ebooks, which will be used to phase out the manual process of recording votes.
Government is purchasing these technologies from the United States-based company, Election Systems & Software, at a cost of $309,318.63.
No indication has been given in relation to how many machines will be purchased.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Supervisor of Elections successfully demonstrated the use of the machines through two recent mock elections.
The neighbouring US Virgin Islands (USVI) has been using the equipment since 2012 and USVI election authorities said the technology is highly recommended.
The DS200 is a precinct-based scanner and vote tabulator equipped with the latest technology fom its developers. The DS200 is said to be fully certified and compliant with US regulator, the Election Assistance Commission. The DS200 is also said to ‘enhance the voting experience for voters and election officials alike’.