Catalyst IT is designing the election night site for the Chief Electoral Office and is expecting a three-fold increase in visitor numbers over the 1999 election, says company director Mike O'Connor.
"In 1996 we had 700,000 page views. In 1999 we had 3 million. This year we're working on the assumption that it'll be 10 million." In order to keep up with such demand, Catalyst is deliberately building a low-graphics site.
"There will be the obvious bar charts on the front page saying what the share is for each party and how far through the overall electoral count we are." The site will be fed directly from the electoral office and O'Connor says at worst there will be a delay of two minutes before the information is reported.
"It's as close to real time as we can make it."
The service will also offer a WAP phone component for the first time through Telecom's Djuice service.
"Obviously it'll be a cut down, lesser service but having said that we'll still get the facts and figures across."
The site will be accessible on election night at either: