Auditor-General to review vote counting process

The Auditor-General released:

After the official results of the general election were published on 3 November 2023, the Electoral Commission became aware of issues relating to the counting of votes. Subsequent investigation found that three voting places had misallocated party votes to the wrong parties during entry, another 15 voting places had similar errors for candidate votes, one electorate had special votes entered incorrectly, five voting places had correctly entered voting data, but for the wrong days, and one electorate had missed counting the votes in a ballot box during the official count.

Although these errors had no effect on the outcome of the results of the election or the result in any individual electorate, the Commission had expected its quality assurance processes to have identified and corrected those errors before the official count was completed. Amended official results were published on 9 November 2023.

It is important that the Commission is able to have confidence that the errors it has identified will not re-occur in future elections. Avoiding these errors in future is also important for the public's in counting process. Therefore, after discussion with the Commission, we have decided to carry out review work about the Electoral Commission's quality assurance processes for counting votes.

This is an excellent move. We need confidence that final results are indeed final. Data entry errors should not be possible if you have the right systems in place.

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