Tower Hamlets Council will be the first in the country to use an automated photographic entry system in two of its by-election counts today.
The system will work alongside other measures to improve the security and efficiency of local elections.
Chief executive and returning officer for Tower Hamlets, Will Tuckley, said: ‘We work closely with police and other partners to make sure our residents can cast their votes freely and securely, and we have robust measures in place for both polling stations and ballot counting.
‘This includes using new security software to manage access to the by-election counts – and we’re the first local authority in the country to introduce these enhanced security measures.’
The 2014 mayoral contest in Tower Hamlets was declared void due to 'corrupt and illegal practices'.