Maged Osman, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, today denied reports Egypt is seeking technological support from abroad to conduct electronic voting in the country’s upcoming elections.
He stressed that the Egyptian government and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has full confidence in the ability of local companies to carry out the task, but admitted there may be teething problems when applying the new methods.
“The decision to use electronic voting is linked to the confidence of Egyptian society in this new kind of voting, the cost associated with technological solutions, election duration and the consequences of the logistics,” Osman explained.
Osman will meet tomorrow with S Y Qureshi, the chairman of the Election Commission of India and other members of Qureshi’s group.
“This meeting with the Indian side will give the Egyptian government a chance to learn about the international experience of electronic voting,” Osman said.