The Independent Election Commission (IEC) will call in local, regional and international experts to assist with a strategic assessment around implementing an e-voting system, IEC officials said on Tuesday. The IEC operational deputy head, Wasima Badghisi, said the election commission will share the findings of this assessment with the public in the near future. She said there is a possibility that the next election will be held under the new plan. The call for help from international experts was aimed at identifying weaknesses and strengths of an e-voting system as well as its impacts on election transparency.
“We are considering a feasibility study around an electronic system. International, regional and domestic experts are set to work on the plan. The assessment will be shared in the near future,” Badghisi said.
“There is a consensus within the independent election commission about the implementation of the e-voting system. Government is also on our side in this respect. There is a strong possibility that this system could be used in Afghanistan’s elections,” she added.
Meanwhile, a number of election observers and monitoring groups said implementing an e-voting system in the election process would help speed up elections and further develop the credibility and legitimacy of the process.
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