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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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30 Vote counting software The AEC has been approached to use EasyCount vote counting software for local government election complex counts in 2012. Formalities will be negotiated relating to its acquisition and implementation. Election management system (EMS) An independent contractor was engaged to support the EMS. Amendments and additions are scheduled for the system with completion of the project expected by the end of October 2011. Netbook rolls Netbook rolls were used successfully at the Katherine Town Council by-election in February 2011. The data captured, along with information culled from manual records, were used successfully for a non-voter program. Postal voting software A postal vote module was used for all EA ballots during the reporting year. RMANS the roll management system The NTEC entered discussions with the AEC on appropriate levels of access to the system by NTEC users. Requests for further election roll products on an ongoing basis were also lodged. Redistribution software ITC tools used to assist in the work of the redistribution committees will be reassessed ie hardware, mapping tools, statistical packages in order that an appropriate operating infrastructure is in place for the 2015 redistribution. 5.4 Staff development and recognition The NTEC requires staff to be conversant with its core business and have the capacity to work across positions. An outcome of the early round of PD reviews was the identification of a number of training requirements which were to be addressed early in the 2011-12 year. The NTEC is part of a national group of Electoral Commissions from other states and the ACT developing on-line training for polling officials. This initiative is expected to better cope with the high turnover in polling staff between elections and the difficulties of organising training at central venues for elections that take place across the Territory. Participation in the program was not pursued during the year due to workload reprioritisation. Set term elections allow a re-appraisal of training and on-the-job support for seconded staff assigned to regional co-ordinator positions. The agency is seeking to reinforce the leadership capacities of certain positions in the Commissions emerging structure and to enhance the skill set of existing employees in the limited windows of opportunity available after meeting ad hoc elections and inter-jurisdictional commitments.