Barcelona, 25 May 2016 – Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization solutions, reported today that the company has received official notification from the Ministry of Interior of Indra’s provisional awarding of the contract of results consolidation for the general elections on June 26. This notice states that Indra bid a price of 3.9 million euros (excluding VAT) compared to the price offered by the temporary consortium formed by Scytl-Tecnocom of 6.9 million euros (excluding VAT).
The results consolidation of the general elections in Spain has been undertaken by Indra exclusive, uninterrupted since 1978. Scytl, in partnership with Tecnocom, broke this de facto monopoly in the last general elections on December 20, 2015. Despite the late start of the project caused by the various appeals and complaints brought by Indra, the results consolidation last December 20 was a success which showed that there was a viable alternative to Indra and at a reasonable price.
- The general elections of 2011, the last in which Indra made the results consolidation, had a cost of 14.3 million euros (excluding VAT) for the Ministry of the Interior.
- In 2015 general elections in which the temporary consortium formed by Scytl-Tecnocom was awarded the results consolidation, this cost decreased by 31% to 9.8 million euros (excluding VAT).
- In the elections to be held on June 26, the price at which Indra has been awarded the contract is 3.9 million euros (excluding VAT) resulting in 10.4 million euros less than the price of elections in 2011 and 7 million euros less than its proposed 10.9 million (excluding VAT) for the elections of 2015.
- The price of the temporary consortium formed by Scytl-Tecnocom for the elections of June 26, 2016 was 6.9 million euros, 2.9 million euros less than the election of December 20 for the possibility of reusing the hardware and infrastructure acquired for that election.
- The scope of projects is very similar in all elections mentioned and therefore the cost in these elections should be equivalent. Likewise, the fact that the delivery times for the June 26 election are tighter than in previous elections, in any case lowers the cost of the election, but in any case it increases.
Monopolies ‘de jure’ or ‘de facto’ should not be available in any sector. It is demonstrated that the beneficiary of having a real competition in public tenders is the taxpayer”, comments Pere Valles, CEO of Scytl. “We were surprised that Indra has made such an important price reduction for this tender process. Or Indra had extraordinarily high margins when these contests were awarded at more than 14 million euros, or now they are losing money with less than 4 million euros price, or these two circumstances are taking place simultaneously. In any case, it seems an unorthodox competitive practice for a company that has a significant stake of the state and with numerous contracts with the Public Administration. ”
Scytl’s legal services are studying the tender dossier and considering the possibility of bringing appropriate legal action.
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 42 countries across the globe over the last 10 years, including Canada, the United States, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India, Iceland and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with strategic offices in 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 www.scytl.com.