Namibia becomes first African country to embrace E-Voting


Namibia becomes the first African country to adopt the e-voting technology. The counry will vote in Africa’s first electronic ballot coming Friday.

The lectronic voting machines for use in Namibia elections on Friday (Source:Namibian Sun)
The electronic voting machines for use in Namibia elections on Friday (Source:Namibian Sun)

The E-Voting Machines, or EVMs, were acquired  at a cost of 24 million Namibia dollars from an Indian company and according to the company, they are equipped with technology that is designed to eliminate flaws and address the scepticism of some political parties questioning the transparency of the Namibian electoral body.

The machines have features like  photos party candidates photos together with other information next to the casting button. Voters will just have to click on their preferred candidate or party during elections to vote.
It should be noted that India successfully used half-a-million Electronically Voting Machines of the same type during its 2009 general elections.
About1.2 million Namibians are expected to cast their ballots at nearly 4,000 electronic voting stations across the country.
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