In 2021, Datasur was approached by the National Youth Institute which is part of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Youth Affairs, to set up a reliable system whereby the elections of the Youth Parliament could be held online. By conducting the elections online, the Ministry not only aimed to save costs due to the available budget, but certainly also to offer more voters the opportunity to cast their vote by adopting the strengths of innovation and digitization. A large part of the target group, young people aged 12 to 25 years, have one or more digital tools through which they can cast their vote online.
In view of the criteria set by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Youth Affairs, Datasur as an ICT solutions provider met the requirements, and after their approval we kickstarted the project in January 2022.
As a Hosting and Web development provider, our inhouse team of experts built a remarkable and innovative online voting platform for the Youth Council Elections, enabling young people to cast their votes in a safe and reliable manner. Several verification moments were included in the process to prevent manipulation or malfunctioning of the electronic voting system. To guarantee the availability and integrity of the platform various stringent test cases were conducted in several groups.
On the day of the Youth Council elections, June 1, 2023, more than 30.000 unique visitors visited the website https://www.jeugraad.sr/. Out of this number, around 7500 young people casted their vote. A Support Desk was also available for those who needed help. About 117 tickets had been entered and resolved via the Support Desk.
Worth mentioning is that Datasur complies with the renowned ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) and ISO 22301 (Business Continuity Management) certifications, enabling all organizations, both local and regional, to place their servers, network equipment and their data in a safe environment that is managed in a responsible and professional manner. With this in mind, we strongly believe that Datasur contributes to the growth of the Surinamese sector by developing and supplying high-quality, sustainable, innovative, and economically responsible ICT services and solutions.
We are proud that the Elections Committee declared the election of the Youth Council binding in its meeting of Thursday, June 8, 2023, in accordance with the ‘Decree Elections Members Youth Council Suriname’ (S.B. 2023 no. 75).
This is an extraordinary achievement for Suriname as well, since this has been the first time that an e-Voting application has been used for the youth elections within the Caribbean. We are more than honored and obliged to have been the digital partner of the government to realize this.
Datasur is the perfect solution for companies looking for a Trusted ICT Partner. We believe that every business and/ or organization deserves to grow, through innovation-driven digitalization!