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Electronic Voting Systems in Africa

26 February, 2013
 
ICT Africa Writer
February 26, 2013

In a previous article, we discussed how ICT can be effectively used in elections in Africa. Our article focused primarily on Zimbabwe where election disputes have been a major issue. We also pointed out that a number of African countries had implemented some form of emerging technologies in their election process – including biometric voter registration.

With the help of Google and mobile phone companies in Kenya, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is implementing an electronic voting system. The commission has come up with a plan that will guarantee election transparency and quick delivery of election results. Results from each of the polling stations will be transmitted to three counting centres, using the Electronic Results Transmission (ERT) platform. With rapid delivery of results, suspicion of results tempering will hopefully be put to rest.

After Kenya has pioneered this form of voting system in Africa, we hope other countries in Africa, including Zimbabwe, will follow their steps. We have always maintained that Africa should be able to by-pass some technologies and adapt the latest and most appropriate applications for our unique situations. We should not be held back from pioneering new voting technologies just because they may not be widely adapted in the developed world.


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Posted by Admin on 2013-08-14 18:26:00

Kibet - I don’t suppose the article intended to criticise Kenya’s attempt at using ICT in the elections. Kenya has been in the forefront of pioneering the use of ICT in new applications, including the widely successful M-Pesa. Their attempt at using ICT in elections is very encouraged and the minor problems encountered can only be used as a key learning experience. Remember one of Thomas Edison’s famous quotes - “Many of life\\\'s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”. Kenya should build on their first attempt and perfect it and hopefully other Africans will follow.

Posted by Kibet on 2013-08-14 01:28:31

The easiest way to an election is by use of technology...i wonder why people keep writing articles that it failed in kenya...It worked perfectly well in the by-election of makueni county, all we need is proper project management planning, training and proper procurement

Posted by ICT Africa on 2013-08-02 05:36:48

The best approach is to put together a presentation with the advantages of such systems, such as expedience, accuracy and economic. Elections are more likely to be acceptable if the process if completed quickly.

Posted by Isiaka on 2013-08-01 15:45:38

How can i make this work in Nigeria? I need a convincing proposal technique and campaign to enable me speak with the stakeholder in INEC and political parties.

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