Youth Parliament online voting website developed by Datasur

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 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!

Whitney de Rijp, MBA in Innovation and Technology.
Whitney de Rijp is a young driven Surinamese woman. She has been working at Datasur for over 6 years. Together with her top team, they ensure that customer data is stored securely all over the world which helps them focus on their core business.

Integrity, authenticity and just being herself is the mode for success as a Commercial Affairs Manager. Furthermore, she finds it very important to maximize effectiveness and of course lead by example. For both the internal and the external organization she is very transparent, which also fosters loyalty and engagement with the company goals.

Jurgen Schmeltz has as a Bachelor's degree in Information and Communication Technology and several IT certifications. His IT career started in Johannesburg, South Africa at IBM where he gained international experience for 5 years. When he came back to Suriname, he worked for two IT companies and also gained experience in VOIP, Backup Solutions and Microsoft Products.

At the moment Jurgen is a Cloud and Datacenter Infrastructure Specialist with many years of experience in the field of Microsoft Virtualization, Workplace Automation, Backup, Replication and Data Center Infrastructure. He currently holds the position of Operations Manager and is responsible for managing the Datacenter Operations such as Cloud and Network infrastructure.

Furthermore, he is also responsible for managing daily Facility Operations of the Datasur Datacenters and Project Lead for Cloud and Datacenter expansion projects. In his free time he’s a parttime lecturer at the two technical Universities in Suriname.

On behalf of Datasur Jurgen Schmeltz is also chairman of SUR-IX. The Suriname Internet Exchange Point which will be operational before the end of 2022

Sheetal Ganput works as the General Affairs Manager at Datasur. In this role she is part of the management team and reports to the CEO of Datasur.

She is a very self-driven, detail-oriented & hardworking young professional. She has helped to reorganize the company in the field of Office, HRM and Supply Chain Management.

Sheetal has her B.Sc. in Business Management and also completed her M.Sc. completed in Business Management with a specialization in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. She is very progressive and is currently doing her Ph.D. study in Leadership & Management

Our CEO, Dr. Anvit Ramlakhan is a prolific strong inspiring inclusive young professional leader from Suriname, working in different fields to contribute for the betterment of humanity and the world. He is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the ICT industry for several years, with a widespread of skills in operations, quality, risk, project, business, strategy, product portfolio management (just to name a few). At Datasur Anvit oversees the total company performance on strategical level, with a strong focus on business growth, innovation, customer experience and financial profitability.

Furthermore, Anvit contributes to development of the Surinamese youth by lecturing and tutoring at four university study organizations in Suriname on undergraduate and postgraduate levels within study fields such as ICT, Electrical engineering, Organization management, Process management, Business intelligence, MBA, etc.

He has a strong professional background with a cum laude doctorate (Ph.D. in Management- Information and Technology) from the Akamai University in USA, Master of Science (M.Sc.) with merit in Information Systems from Anglia Ruskin University in London, UK and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Telecommunications from Anton de Kom University in Paramaribo, Suriname. He currently is finishing up his MBA in Strategic Management and Leadership at the London School of International Business, London, UK.

Anvit has several prolific leadership and business certifications, ongoing humanity service, extensive spiritual drive and a personal theme which is as follows: “Continuous progressive successful excellence”. He is part of volunteer organization HSS for 20+ years, through which character molding, collaboration and way of living for the youth is created and augmented.

In January 2022 he has been elected for two years as Chairman of the ICT Association in Suriname, in order to help strategize the sustainable digital economic development of Suriname. Furthermore he also has been elected as Chairman for the Suriname Business Youth Association in June 2021 for a period of two years, whereby development and support of young entrepreneurs and professionals is one of the main goals. Anvit is also part of the presidential working groups on areas of e-Government and wage council.