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Northgate launches state-of-the-art elections service

Northgate Information Solutions, a leading supplier of innovative services to the public sector and utilities markets, today launched a new electoral management service designed to support local government in modernising elections and promoting democracy.

At the first of five roadshows taking place across the country this week, the Northgate Elector and Elections Management Solution was demonstrated in Bristol today to local authorities from across the region.

The new service is user-friendly and will help to speed up and simplify often complex processes. It will enable Electoral Registration Officers to:

- locate elector information more easily, whether searching for individuals, properties or a full history of the voters residing at any address;

- effectively manage staffing requirements, through the ability to view ‘live’ staff information, to quickly allocate officers to polling districts, and to enter and immediately review new information;

- efficiently prepare for and manage boundary changes through creating scenarios at the click of the mouse and the ability to move entire polling districts using an inbuilt ‘wizard’;

- easily generate and amend documents and statistical reports.

Further roadshows will take place this week in London, Birmingham, Cambridge and Leeds.

Russell Osborne, Managing Director of Land & Property, at Northgate Public Services, said today:

“We are delighted to launch our new elections service today, which is designed to meet the changing needs of a modern democratic system. With voter turnout at elections remaining low, it is essential that we do all we can to ensure that the system facilitates participation for all in the democratic process. Providing electoral registration officers with enhanced services will enable them to manage elections efficiently and effectively, and ensure that local authorities are well-placed to manage any future innovations aimed at increasing voter registration and turnout.”

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For further information:

Fellows’ Associates
Kathy Sutton 020 7849 3403; 07966 890401; ksutton@fellowsassociates.com
Naomi Stevenson 020 7849 3508; 07966 890403; nstevenson@fellowsassociates.com

Notes to Editors:

1) Northgate Information Solutions is a leading provider of innovative services to the public sector and utilities markets. Northgate’s task is to enhance public value through the intelligent use of people and technology, and to share in the economic and social benefits that this brings.

2) In the UK, the company works with four out of five local authorities and every police force. Northgate supports public service transformation through sustainable performance partnerships. Its technology is used in the administration of more than £12 billion of revenues and benefits; in electoral administration systems covering 18 million people; to support the national system for reporting police performance; and in the management of over three million local authority and housing association properties worldwide. Founded in 1969, the company has over 6,000 employees.

3) The Northgate Elector and Elections Management Solution is being made available to existing and new customers in two phases. Electoral registration facilities are available now, with elections management facilities scheduled for release in Summer 2008.