STS, AEP and INS presented the status of the presidential election preparations

Monday, 04 November 2019

The First Deputy Director of the Special Telecommunications Service (STS), brigadier general Eng. Ionel-Sorin Bălan, together with the President of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), Constantin-Florin Mitulețu-Buică and the President of the National Statistics Institute (INS), Tudorel Andrei, presented today the status of the measures included in the calendar of activities related to the Romanian presidential elections of 2019.  

As of November 5th, 2019, the information systems developed by the Special Telecommunications Service – Information System for Voter Participation Monitoring and Illegal Voting Prevention (SIMPV), Information System for Reports Centralization (SICPV) and the Application for Verifying the Right to Vote (ADV) – are to be prepared for the election process. The systems were developed in accordance with the requirements of the Permanent Electoral Authority and of the National Institute of Statistics, and they were tested, approved and submitted to the aforementioned authorities for further testing and certification.

For the organization of the election process, STS provided IT&C services to the Central Electoral Office (BEC), county electoral offices, electoral office, abroad polling stations and the electoral offices of the Bucharest districts, as well as to the polling stations where the voting results are centralized, established by the National Institute of Statistics at the level of the electoral offices.

STS provides support to all operators from the 18,748 polling stations within the country and the 835 stations abroad. The systems will be operational on November 5th, at 22.00 h, when the postal voting from Australia starts.

“The Special Telecommunications Service strictly complies with the tasks assigned by the law for the organization of the presidential elections of November 2019. The STS experts have recently tested the SIMPV both technically and operationally, performing various simulations with the computer operators, on the Romanian territory and abroad. We are prepared to ensure the optimum operation of the information systems and applications used during this election process”, declared the STS First Deputy Director, brigadier general Eng. Ionel-Sorin Bălan.

In accordance with the responsibilities established by the legislation in force regarding the election process, the Special Telecommunications Service handed over more than 25,000 information terminals, as follows: 18,748 tablets to the computer operators inside the country and 6,609 tablets to those located abroad. The voice and data services as well as the related equipment have been provided in all of these stations, among which 501 routers and 6,609 tablets being distributed abroad, a general average of 7 tablets per polling station, respectively 8 tablets/polling station in Europe.

For the election process carried out abroad, the novelty is the introduction of the electronic processing of the voters’ signatures and the elimination of the hard copy lists.
During August-October 2019, the STS trained and evaluated 8,400 persons for the national polling stations (computer operators, presiding officers of the polling stations), and 6,200 persons were examined and admitted for the polling stations abroad.

The STS experts successfully accomplished the mission related to the operationalization of the Technical Support Center, providing technical assistance via the Call Center to the computer operators and presiding officers of the polling stations within the Romanian territory and abroad.

During October 21st-27th 2019, according to the planning established by the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), the STS representatives handed over the information terminals, the related materials and the sealed envelopes containing the authentication data of the computer operators assigned for the operation of the SIMPV in all national polling stations and performed their training.

On 28th and 31st October 2019 simulations were carried out at national level with the computer operators in order to technically and operationally test the SIMPV, and on November 3rd the simulation took place with the abroad operators.

In this context, the President of the Permanent Electoral Authority, Constantin-Florin Mitulețu-Buică, supported the discourse of the STS team and expressed his gratitude for the efforts made by all the institutions for the election process to be carried out in the best conditions.

Moreover, during the conference, the President of the National Institute of Statistics, Tudorel Andrei, highlighted that the INS experts would make all due diligence to fulfill their specific tasks for the development of the election process in strict compliance with the legal requirements, correctly and transparently.

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