Electronic vote does well
Eduardo Hidalgo was re-elected as president of the National Teachers’ Association (ADP) yesterday, Thursday 15 October 2015 with 59% of the vote. The elections also served as an important trial run for the Central Electoral Board (JCE) to test the new electronic voting devices that have been purchased for use in the 2016 national election, where the President, legislators and municipal authorities will be chosen.
The JCE said that the new system received the approval of the political party representatives to the Board. PRM political delegate Jose Marte Piantini told El Caribe that the process was “surprisingly agile” because 40% of the votes were counted in just 10 minutes. He did recommend, however, preparatory training for voters in using the new technology.
Good news. Voters in the 2016 national elections will not have to dip their finger in indelible ink. As part of the installation of the new electronic voting system, their fingerprints will be recorded instead. The measure was decided during a Central Electoral Board (JCE) plenary meeting on Wednesday, 14 October 2015.
The JCE also announced that changes of address on voting cards would only be accepted until 30 October 2015. The JCE has complained of irregular changes of address by thousands of voters who claim to have moved to areas with small voter populations, like the border provinces with Haiti. The JCE has acknowledged this could be done to influence the outcome of the elections.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe
Oct 16, 2015
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