After the automatic count was deemed inaccurate, the AEC spent $8.6m for a hand recount © PA Images
After the automatic count was deemed inaccurate, the AEC spent $8.6m for a hand recount © PA Images

AEC failed to get value on $27.2m election contract

22 January 2018

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) failed to get value for money from a $27.2m contract to digitally scan and count ballot papers for the 2016 Senate election, an audit has found.

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) found the AEC invested $27.2m in technology to automatically scan ballots but ended up spending up to $8.6m to have ballots recounted by hand after the contracted firm failed to meet security requirements. 

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