Samoa is moving to electronic voting in the 2021 general elections. The Electoral Commissioner, Faimalōmatumua Mathew Lemisio told Talamua the new voting system will solve the delays in obtaining preliminary election results on polling day. “After the 2016 by-election, we looked at ways to improve our service, and the electronic voting system is included in our 5 year Strategic Plan.”

How it works according to the Commissioner, is that a voters fingerprint is scanned and registered digitally and that information will accompany the voters choice of candidate on polling day.

“The voting box of which you will cast your vote is electronic too; so once you cast your vote the machine automatically takes that in its counting process, so that by the end of the day, the main office will have a tally of the provisional results,” Faimalōmatumua explains.

Full Article: Samoa’s elections going electronic in 2021.