For the last twenty years, we’ve been working closely with the Electoral Commission to make sure New Zealand’s elections run like clockwork.
In 2015-16, we rebuilt the Electoral Management System from the ground up. This system is responsible for everything from staff rosters through to publishing the results of general elections, by-elections and referenda.
Over the course of the 2017 general election, as votes were cast at 2863 voting places around the country, around 20 million requests for updates were served and nearly 75 GB of data was processed.
The results website, http://electionresults.govt.nz, hosted on the Catalyst Cloud, ensured that media and the public had up to the minute results as they mashed the refresh button throughout the evening.
“From our perspective, it’s been a very routine process – we’ve been monitoring the systems closely and everything’s performed as expected, says Don Christie, Catalyst Managing Director.
“We’re very proud of our long partnership with the Electoral Commission. The long hours and late nights are worth it for such an important cause.”