2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

How the IEC could improve voter database to avoid multiple voting

Concerns have been raised by voters with regard to flaws within the voting system which could potentially create some discrepancies in the election outcomes.

Some politicians indicated that they tested the system by going to other voting stations attempting to vote more than once.

This is because the voter's ink is not as indelible as the Independent Electoral Commission has promised.

My Broadband's Jan Vermeulen explains the challenges in the voter data-management system and some of the innovations IEC could consider to run elections smoothly.

Read: 'We're not going to brush the issue of people voting twice under the carpet'

I expect the IEC to ultimately collate the information from all the various machines and search for duplicates to see if someone with the same ID number has voted twice, investigate that and ultimately charge the person.

Jan Vermeulen, Journalist - My Broadband

We might not have a real-time check but certainly there are ways to check on whether or not someone has committed voter fraud.

Jan Vermeulen, Journalist - My Broadband

Vermeulen says the IEC can still have checks and balances in place that run simultaneously with the vote counting to ensure that fraudulent votes do not get counted.

Read: Ink washing off thumbs raises alarm bells of being able to vote more than once

It shouldn't take long but it all depends on the kind of resources the IEC has at its disposal.

Jan Vermeulen, Journalist - My Broadband

But as soon as all the data from those machines are in a central location, you can run a query especially with all the resources available in cloud computing.

Jan Vermeulen, Journalist - My Broadband

With resources like that, you can query a database like that within the time it takes to count the votes.

Jan Vermeulen, Journalist - My Broadband

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