App to Transmit Election Results
BY TONY SII
The mobile application that the Electoral Commission will use to transmit election results will increase transparency for polling and counting processes, according to an IT expert.
Electoral Commission Software Technician Henry Wakit said the application which does not rely heavily on the internet is installed in a tablet with each electoral officer for the 111 open and regional electorates in the country.
He said the commission’s data coordinators will use the application on 24 hour shifts in the field to collect and report the progressive rates of results of the counting and elimination process.
These results as well as the scanned images of forms 66A and 66B – legal documents which are used to count and capture figures of votes from ballot papers after polling – are transmitted in real time to the central repository at the commission’s Headquarters in Port Moresby where they are verified and approved before being sent to media outlets and published on the commission’s website.
Mr Wakit said a similar version of this system was trailed during the 2012 General Election and was improved to include a feature that captures real imagesw of forms 66A and 66B.
“Previously it didn’t include capturing of forms 66 A and 66 B and in most instances we had issues of locating these legal forms and how they were transported from the counting centre right down to the HQ .With this results transmission system, we can keep track of our ROs and AROs who are holding that legal document and making sure that it is synchronized and working with what we have so they don’t have to give us incomplete work for allowances not being paid,” Mr.Wakit said.
“I think this election result transmission system is really important because the general public need to be informed of what the electoral commission is doing as well as making use of the technology to keep the general public informed of how far we have gone with the election.”