Project coordinator urges government to consider electronic voting system

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By ZACHERY PER
AN ELECTRONIC voting system will eradicate election-related problems and huge costs, voter identification trial project coordinator Eric Sinebare, pictured, says.
He said corrupt practices would also be cut down or eliminated if an electronic voting system was introduced for the   2022 elections.
Sinebare, who trialed an electronic voting system in two local level government (LLG) elections in Chimbu in 2013, strongly advocated for the system.
He said after successful completion of trials in  Kundiawa urban ward six and Gumine LLG ward two, the electoral commission under the electoral support programme through Austrialian Aid that funded the trial, accepted the  final recommendations to implement the electronic voting system.
Sinebare also supports the electoral commission-sanctioned photo roll initiative trialled in the National Capital District and Central province to be used.
“However, due the lack of government support, the concepts were shelved and were not used in this year’s elections.
“I strongly call on the electoral commission to consider an electronic voting system,” Sinebare said.
“The electronic voting system will prepare PNG for the coming 2022 national election.”

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