What will be the procedure to determine the results of the 2017 House of Representatives results?
In the 2017 House of Representatives elections, voting and counting will take place manually at the polling stations, similar to earlier elections. However, a new feature is that municipalities, principal electoral committees and the central electoral committee will, subsequently, calculate the results at party level manually. In addition, they will only be allowed to use software (Supporting Software for Elections) to check these counts and to work out the results at candidate level. The counts were already - exclusively - passed on by the polling stations on paper. Now, municipalities and principal electoral committees too may only pass on vote totals on paper. All documents on which the final results are based, will be available for inspection or be published on the internet. As such, the results will be verifiable for everyone. What will be the procedure?
Time line to determine results of 2017 House of Representatives elections
From opening of polling stations up to announcing official election results
Every step in determination of the election result (vote counts at polling stations, principal electoral committees, session of the central electoral committee) will be recorded in an official report. These will either be available for inspection or published on line. Sessions of principal electoral committees and the central electoral committee are open to the public. Voters may put forward any objections at these sessions. These objections will be recorded in the official report.
The - limited - use of software as a calculation tool must meet various requirements, part of which are additional requirements. As such, software will only be used on computers that are not connected to the internet. Every step will be verified by a second person (‘four-eye principle’). And vote counts will no longer be transferred digitally.