Project Management Update from Argentina para PM World Journal
By Cecilia Boggi, PMP
Buenos Aires, Argentina
2015 is an election year in Argentina. The citizens of this country are electing their leaders at municipal, provincial and national levels. The general election of Buenos Aires City Mayor and Deputy City Mayor that took place on July 5th, in the first round and the runoff between the top two candidates, on 19th July. It has been a novelty, because for first time, the electronic voting has been used in this jurisdiction, using the unique electronic ballot system.
The unique electronic ballot system is an innovative electronic system for selecting candidates through a touch screen and then printing the own ballot of the voter while recording information in an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification chip) inserted in it, so the scrutiny can be counted quickly, by reading the chip.
To carry out this important project, the Government of the Buenos Aires City has hired the company MSA Group for its experience in electoral processes. MSA is characterized by the generation of “Unconventional Software for mission-critical processes” and it main activity includes solutions for electoral processes by using technology.
President and CEO of MSA Group, Mr. Sergio Osvaldo Angelini, told us about this important project and mentioned that, because MSA has been responsible for several ballots in municipal and provincial elections since 1999, it has been discussed for a long time the need to use technology to facilitate the electoral process, ensure transparency and speed up the scrutiny.