It is quite some time now since our last meeting but you may remember that the
main action flowing from that meeting was for me to finalise version 4 of EML
and align it with the work of the Council of Europe working group on e-voting.
The CoE work went on slightly longer than I had anticipated but I am pleased
to say that they have now agreed a draft recommendation on e-voting for all
European Member States which should be ratified at a Ministerial meeting in
November. This draft Recommendation and associated Explanatory Memorandum can
be found at
This is a very significant development in so far as it now positions EML as
the standard to use for all countries (44 ) in Europe. The draft of Version
4 which we have prepared accommodates all the perceived requirements from
these countries, including referenda, as well as lots of lessons learnt from
the UK pilots last year. So I believe now we have a version that meets a very
comprehensive set of requirements. I will shortly be posting this version for
a vote by the TC and would urge all voting members to take the time to read
the draft of v4 and the CoE recommendation and then vote accordingly. As this
is a lot of new reading for most of you I will be leaving the ballot open
until the end of this month.
Following the conclusion of this vote we will need to ask ourselves where we
go from here. I'll convene a TC meeting to review the outcome of the vote
and the way forward.
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