What to know about Smartmatic
Smartmatic International has been in the business of building and implementing electronic voting systems.
The company that lists London, United Kingdom as its headquarters, dates back to 2000, when it established its first base in Florida, USA.
“Smartmatic focused on building the most secure, accessible and easy-to-use election technologies designed to safeguard the process from start to finish,” the company says on its website.
The company has since spread its presence to other parts of the world, including Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. It also has a strong presence in Venezuela, where some of its co-founders hail from.
The company says some of its specialties in election management include monitoring of contracted field support technicians, monitoring SIM cards for polling location technicians and planning, allocation and detailed proof of installation of election technology.
Smartmatic has been contracted by several countries to run their elections’ technology.
These include Venezuela, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Albania, Zambia, Uganda, Philippines and the United States.
“Smartmatic also provided training for thousands of employees, including headquarter operators, field operators, support technicians and EC system administrators. This effort registered about 3 million new voters.”
Kenya becomes the latest country to contract the firm in managing elections.
The company’s reputation, however, has been under sharp scrutiny after it was accused of mismanaging elections in the US and the Philippines.
In the Philippines, the firm faced accusations of manipulating the Vice-President results in the 2016 polls.