Technologies should be introduced gradually, based on prior planning, testing, evaluation, and certification.
- The gradual introduction of NVT through a period of small, regionally limited pilot projects that include testing and gradually extend NVT use over several elections can serve to identify and correct problems and may help build public confidence in the technology.
- Furthermore, decisions to use NVT should not be made immediately applicable to the next elections, in order to allow time for feasibility studies, procurement, planning, testing, evaluation, certification, voter education, public confidence building and implementation.
- The technology itself should be thoroughly tested prior to election day, but testing should also be conducted on the interaction of voters, election officials and observers with the technology.
- Certification requirements or criteria should exist prior to the introduction of the NVT, rather than being tailored to match the NVT system. These requirements should be public and in accordance with relevant national legal provisions and international standards.