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UN, US warn against electronic voting system in DRC elections

Congolese election must use paper ballots to remove doubts among the citizens that there is not free and fair election or the election was rigged

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UN, US warn against electronic voting system in DRC elections

Congolese election must use paper ballots to remove doubts among the citizens that there is not free and fair election or the election was rigged

13 February 2018 Tuesday 16:16
UN, US warn against electronic voting system in DRC elections

By Azania Post Reporter

A senior United Nations diplomat has warned the DRC government against using the electronic voting system because it has the possibility of undermining the credibility of the poll.

Nikki Haley, the U.S Ambassador to the UN sounded the warning Monday at an informal U.N Security Council meeting on the DRC electoral process.

He said with reference to a long-delayed presidential election in December this year that deploying an unfamiliar technology for the first time during a crucial election is an enormous risk.

The envoy suggested that the Congolese election must use paper ballots to remove doubts among the citizens that there is not a free and fair election or the election was rigged.

“If paper ballots are used, there will not be questions by the people about results,” Haley was quoted by African News.

In a meeting, which was organized by the U.S, the ambassador said America has no desire to support an electronic voting system.

Several other countries on the 15-member council also raised concerns about the possible use of electronic voting.

However, the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Corneille Nangaa told the informal Security Council, according to media that the machines would reduce the weight of all the equipment deployed from 16,000 tons to less than 8,000 tons.

African News reported also that the Security Council was informed that the machines would still need to be tested, configured, deployed and used in a tense mistrustful context.

“On a single day it is proposed that roughly 106,000 machines must work flawlessly across 90,000 polling stations,” Rushdi Nackerdien, Africa director for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems said.

“Securing these machines and the data they transmit from cyber-attacks will be critical and challenging.”

Updated: 13.02.2018 19:47
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