Electronic voting proposed to stop spoilt votes

Electronic voting proposed to stop spoilt votes

A local company has presented a proposal to the Electoral Commission which it claims will eliminate the situation of spoilt votes at general elections.

Amatus Edwards, who heads the company BITbyBIT, disclosed last night that his firm is awaiting a response from the commission.

Edwards told the MBC Television programme, Current Affairs, that the electronic voting proposal was made in  mid 2015.

He explained that votes are rejected at the close of the polls when ballot boxes are emptied and the Presiding Officer cannot determine the intent of the voter.

“With our system every ballot in that box would be clear as to the intent of the voter because the system will be printing the voter’s intent in five different ways,” Edwards explained to programme host, Clinton Reynolds.

He said voters will not be required to use a computer or manipulate a mouse.

According to Edwards, the voter would merely need to touch a screen to indicate their option.

“The level of dexterity that the person needs is simply to be able to identify the choice of candidate on the screen and to fold the ballot paper, that is all that they need to be able to do,” he declared.

Edwards observed that in the event that people have physical challenges and can’t touch the screen, the system is optimized to help them to identify when their selection has appeared on the screen with the “invisible assistance” of the presiding officer.

He stated that the vote will be cast and the individual can verify that their choice was actually printed on the ballot paper.

“You don’t have to be literate or understand how a computer works,” he said.

Edwards recalled that there have been situations where candidates have won seats by margins lower than the rejected ballots.

He noted that during the general elections of 2011, six constituencies were so affected.

Available figures indicate that in the 2011 elections 85,821 votes were cast, with 2,106 being rejected, representing a percentage of 2.52.


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