In Nigeria and virtually all over Africa, conducting elections that are free, fair and without controversy remains a contentious issue.
It is usual after recent elections for the electorate to be polarized along the lines of government (usually the victors) and the opposition (usually the losers) with accusations and counter accusations of vote rigging, voter manipulation, ballot papers snatching, results being re-written etc., filling the air.
A case in point are the controversies that have trailed the outcomes of the recent gubernatorial elections held in Nigeria in the last two (2) years.
What does it Mean to Vote?
Per Bing, Microsoft’s Search Engine, Vote can be a Noun (a formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands) or a Verb (give or register a vote: “they voted against the resolution”)
Types of Voting
Basically, there are two (2) types of voting or selecting candidates in an election: Manual (wherein Ballot Papers are used as obtains in Nigeria and much of Africa) or Electronic (Where digital Election devices or computers that are connected online are used mostly in the developed countries).
In both types, a voting register of eligible voters (usually 18 years and above) is compiled and on the set date for elections (during which public holidays are usually declared with its attendant huge costs on the economy, voters are expected to visit various polling units to cast their votes, where they are accredited and made to go through several other procedures peculiar to each electoral commission before they eventually vote.
A major advantage of electronic voting over manual voting is that results of the voting can be available online, real-time, although this might not totally remove the suspicions of vote tampering such as what recently happened in the American elections, where Donald Trump triumphed over Hilary Clinton.
Why SW eVS2015?
We are pleased to announce the successful development of the world’s first electronic voting platform via SMS, which makes it The World’s Most Advanced Electronic Voting System!!!
Now, we can ALL Kiss Goodbye to ALL forms of Malpractices in our Elections…
How does it Work?
- Every Position being Contested for, would have a code e.g. President=A, Governor=B, etc.
- Every Candidate for each Position would also have a Code e.g. 1st Candidate for 1st Position=A1, 9th Candidate for 2nd Position=B9, etc.
- A Simple Alphabetic Filter would be employed to aid Coding.
- Every Eligible Voter’s Phone No. is registered on the Platform
- On Voting day, Every Registered Voter would undergo a 2-stage Accreditation Process via SMS.
- Only successfully Accredited Voters, can Vote on Election Day via SMS.
- Most Convenient– No need to declare Public Holidays anymore just because of Elections. Vote at your convenience from the comfort of your homes, offices, etc.
- Completely Tamper-Proof– Results are automatically and instantly processed and displayed as votes come in via SMS.
- Completely Hacker-Proof– Since it is not “online” in the Conventional way, it is immune to any form of remote electronic attack.
- Completely Secured– The Location(s) of the Server(s) can be anywhere and not where most people would expect, thereby preventing any likely physical attack.
- Completely Credible– Every Vote (valid or invalid) is automatically logged (at a Maximum of 5-Levels) and details of votes can be produced on demand in cases of dispute
The developers of this system have already successfully applied for a copyright from the Nigerian Copyright Commission.
Where are we Now?
Although we have been able to demonstrate the correct workings of this system in a simulated environment, we are yet to effectively gauge its actual performance in a real-life scenario (like an actual election) and therefore we believe we still have a long way to go to convince the relevant authorities that this is the way to go if we are to make our elections (much) less controversial and very credible.
We are using this medium to solicit the cooperation of the appropriate bodies to enable us test this system in several real-life scenarios to give us the much-desired opportunity to detect potential bugs (and flaws), eliminate them and ultimately improve this system to a world-class solution that can be deployed anywhere in the world.
MD Idiake/Gene Otomewo Lead Programmers eVS2015.