Jul 7, 2014

What’s the AEC got to hide?

Questions are being asked about the transparency of the Australian Electoral Commission, with the AEC refusing to open its vote-counting software to public scrutiny. Does the AEC have a reason to be so secretive?

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Not long after the missing ballots fiasco during last year’s Western Australian Senate election delivered a hammer blow to the Australian Electoral Commission’s public credibility, new questions are emerging as to whether further errors have been leading to botched results in other counts. The answer to such questions, it so happens, is very clearly no. But it’s more than a little curious in the current environment that the AEC should be behaving in such a way as to give reasonable people cause to ask them.

The issue arises from the software the AEC uses to conduct its monstrously intricate Senate counts, a process spanning hundreds of phases through which candidates are progressively elected and excluded and their preferences distributed at varying values.

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5 thoughts on “What’s the AEC got to hide?

  1. Yclept

    It is interesting that government and business is demanding more secrecy, yet individuals are expected to to reveal all and immediately accused of something to hide if they object.

  2. Gavin Moodie

    It is an indication of how far public values have been compromised that a public agency should put ‘its’ (really, the public’s) commercial interests above public confidence in its processes.

  3. Elbow Patches

    Not good enough AEC… Public has a right to know that vote counting procedures and processes stand up to scrutiny.

  4. negativegearmiddleclasswelfarenow.com

    This is the same crowd that engaged Mick Keelty the retired AFP Mr Fixit to run a sham investigation of the circumstances surrounding the 1370 missing WA Senate votes.
    The AEC should have sort assistance from serving police – the fact it didn’t demonstrates it is no longer a trustworthy institution.

  5. Gavin Moodie

    But the missing WA Senate votes aren’t a police matter: there is no credible allegation let alone evidence of criminality, only of incompetence. So there is nothing for the cops to investigate. I don’t see how Keelty’s investigation was a sham. It is entirely credible that no one knows what happened to the votes and no amount of questioning would reveal otherwise.

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