University of Nairobi engineering students design Vote Tallying Software

17Sep08

Last week at the 11th annual Engineering Students’ Exhibition at the Sarit Centre in Nairobi a group of University of Nairobi engineering students developed tallying software that could cut costs and eliminate errors at the Electoral Commission of Kenya. The way the software works is it allows the electoral body to record and process results electronically at individual polling stations across the country. To help reduce fraud the results would then be transmitted wirelessly (presumably encrypted, but the article didn’t say) to a central system, which should also save time and money.

The students believe that if the Electoral Commission of Kenya used better technology (like the software they built), perhaps the issues they faced during the December 2007 polls would’ve been resolved. I would have to look into whether or not we have tallying software here in the states… I’m pretty sure we do…

Mikey Digital

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