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Basque elections 21A: Scrutiny with innovation in real time

Basque elections 21A Scrutiny with innovation in real time

Jeickson Sulbaran

April 17, 2024 | 9:15 a.m.

Digital strategies modernize the Basque electoral process for a more agile and transparent count, offering provisional results in record time

Next Sunday, the political scene of Euskadi will experience a crucial moment with the holding of the elections to the Basque Parliament. This year, the electoral process will not only stand out for its political importance, but also for the introduction of an advanced computer application designed to speed up and ensure the transparency of the vote count.. The renewal of this tool is not a coincidence, but the result of a conscious effort by the Basque Government to overcome previous technological limitations and adapt to the demands of the digital age.

With the implementation of this new application, Those responsible for the Directorate of Electoral Processes of the Basque Government seek to provide a more robust and secure system for the dissemination of results. The director Goiatz Aizpuru and the head of the service, Arrate Jauregi, have shared with the media that although the revelation of the winner will not be faster than on previous occasions, due to the optimization of already existing processes, the reliability and security of the Data transmission has improved significantly.

At 20:00 p.m., the closing of the polling stations will mark the beginning of the count

The big news this year is the update of the schedules for collecting participation data, which will now take place at 13:00 p.m. and 18:00 p.m. This will allow for the first time to have real participation figures and not estimates as in previous years., also offering the possibility of knowing this data broken down by municipalities, schools and tables. This transparency in the process is essential to strengthen confidence in the electoral system and its results.

One hour after the polls closed, the vice president and Security Advisor, Josu Erkoreka, will announce the first results, which, although preliminary, will already reflect a scrutiny of more than 18%. This percentage is critical since it represents a balance between the speed of the count and its precision, avoiding distortions that could arise from smaller tables whose results could be atypical or non-representative.

The culmination of the electoral process will be reached at 22:30 p.m.

By 22:30 p.m., The expectation is that the provisional results will now be available with the complete counting of the votes, including those cast by mail.. In addition, detailed information on the distribution of seats will be provided, including the last seat allocated in each territory and the votes the next closest party would need to change the result.

The final validation of the votes, especially the CERA vote (Electoral Census of Absent Residents) by the Electoral Boards of each Historical Territory, will allow the results to be made official and definitively announced on Friday the 26th. This step is crucial to ensure that all votes are counted and that the results accurately reflect the will of the citizens.

The use of technology in electoral processes is not only a matter of efficiency, but also of integrity and transparency. With these improvements, The Basque Government not only ensures a more agile response when it comes to knowing the results, but also strengthens the foundations of democracy in the region, making the electoral process an example of modernization and security.

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