COFEN, Brazil’s largest nurses’ union, successfully runs their election with Scytl

Brasilia & Barcelona – September 25, 2014 – Scytl, the worldwide leader in online voting and election modernization technology helps Brazil’s Federal Council of Nursing (COFEN) successfully and securely run the election of their counselors entirely online for the first time in the council´s history. The innovative technology and online processes gave over 680,000 nurses, technicians and nursing assistants the possibility to participate in the electoral process simultaneously across nineteen Brazilian states and the Federal District.

In preparation for the election that took place on September 13 and 14, Scytl worked closely with the COFEN team to configure and deploy leading edge online voting technology that provided not only an efficient voting process, but the most secure technology ensuring maximum integrity and privacy of the voting process.

The election site Eleicoes 2014 Conselhos Regionais de Enfermagem channeled the over 368,000 accredited members who actively participated in the election to easily and securely cast their vote from any internet enabled device. The entire election was administered via the online voting technology provided by Scytl configured specifically to cater to the needs of each phase of the election: from the election announcement, through to planning, the actual voting and the secure consolidation and publication of the results.

“The deployment of the first ever online voting system and process has helped consolidate the democratic process of COFEN System and Regional Councils, enabling professionals to choose their representatives responsible for leading the council activities,” said Manuel Neri, advisor and former president of COFEN.

Before the election, the solution underwent a full external audit by an independent auditing firm that ensured the process and system fully complied with election directives and security requirements. Voter privacy, voting security and auditability to ensure the voting process transparency are key in the Brazilian market. As a country with a well-founded tradition of forward thinking public election processes, leveraging innovative and secure technology to take private sector elections to the next level is of extreme importance to help the country continue to lead a true democracy innovation transformation.

“Brazil is unique in its history and tradition of innovative election processes. We are thrilled to work with an organization like COFEN who sees the value of implementing secure and innovative election processes in the private election sector,” says Alex Freitas, General Manager Brazil and Peru, Scytl.

Following closely after the COFEN elections this month, Scytl will be deploying their secure technology to support the upcoming Conselho Federal de Administração (CFA) elections this October. Together with the over 20 private sector elections being run with Scytl secure technology, the company is setting the ground works for taking private elections in Brazil and beyond to new heights of efficiency and security.

About Scytl
Scytl is the global leader in secure election management and electronic voting solutions. Specializing in election modernization technologies, Scytl offers the first end-to-end election management and voting platform, providing the highest security and transparency standards currently available. Scytl has capitalized on its more than 18 years of research to develop election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio of the industry.

Scytl’s solutions have been successfully used in over 35 countries across the globe over the last 10 years, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India, Iceland and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain with strategic offices the United States, Canada, Brazil, Peru and Greece as well as field offices in the UK, Ukraine, Mexico, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh and Australia. For more information, visit

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