Hi. My name is MD Idiake and I would like to show you how we used eVS2015 (our electronic Voting Platform via SMS) to quickly and quietly resolve a potentially contentious issue.
Now, I was at Shiroro, Niger State recently, facilitating a seminar for select staff of one of Nigeria’s largest corporations, and we needed to quickly appoint a Class Coordinator. However, when two people indicated interest in this position, I immediately knew we had to Conduct a “Snap” Election.
So, this is how it went.
1. The two contestants were Shehu Mohammed (aka Shekky Barrister), a man and Abdulazeez O. Rashidat, a woman. We gave code A1 to Shekky Barrister and A2 to Abdulazeez O. Rashidat. Please, see Graphic below.
2. There was a total of Eighteen (18) people including the two (2) contestants who indicated interest in voting and their contact details, especially their Phone Nos were quickly captured unto the platform. Please, see a sample data capture page (mine of course) below:
3. The Election had a “tight” time frame: Just two (2) hours for the (two-stage) accreditation and actual voting to take place. Any attempt to vote and/or accredit outside of the two-hour window, would not count. That’s the screen below, minutes before accreditation/voting could commence.
4. Now, voting has commenced @16:00 hrs and within 50 minutes, this is the position of the process so far.
5. I now decided to accredit and vote from 16:54. Please, see my interactions with the platform below.
a. Accreditation is usually a two-stage process. The 1st stage involves the Voter texting 999 to the voting app’s authorized no.
b. The voting app responds with a (unique) 18-digit accreditation code ONLY if the Voter’s phone no is registered in the voting database.
c. The Voter can re-send the entire SMS (or just the 18-digit code) back to the voting app. I re-sent the entire SMS!
d. Once the voting app receives the SMS containing the (unique) 18-digit accreditation code, it checks to confirm that it is exactly what it originally sent out to the (registered) voter.
e. If the received SMS containing the 18-digit accreditation code checks out alright, then the voting app sends a congratulatory SMS to the registered.
f. This marks the end of the 2-stage accreditation process.
g. At this point, the accredited voter simply sends an SMS containing the code of his/her preferred candidate to the voting app. In my case, I sent in A2.
h. If the accredited voter sent in a valid code (valid in the sense of the candidate code being among the ones registered for the position being contested for), the voting app still checks for accreditation status and the validity of the candidate code before it proceeds to update the count of the affected candidate if all checks ok and sends a congratulatory message to the voter for voting successfully.
i. This is the screen of the voting app (next image), as I received congratulatory message.
6. And by 18:00 hrs, we already had a WINNER… Yes, AbdulAzeez O. Rashidat had more votes casted in her favour (10) as against those casted for Shekky Barrister (6) out of 16 valid votes from 17 accredited voters.
7. Well, I wouldn’t KNOW if gender issues were at play here since ONLY six (6) women were among the registered voters, but the logs will NOT reveal too much about the IDENTITY of the voters for the purpose of CONFIDENTIALITY.
8. So, guys how did you find it? Constructive comments, please.
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