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The Design of an Electronic Voting System

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Author(s): G.O. Ofori-Dwumfuo | E. Paatey

Journal: Research Journal of Information Technology
ISSN 2041-3106

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 91;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Electronic voting systems | Ghana electoral system | manual voting systems | voting system design

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study is to design an electronic voting system based upon the electoral process adopted in Ghana. In recent years, information technology has greatly affected all aspects of life, and to a large extent, this includes politics. In order to choose people to various positions different methods have been set up, with researchers continually trying to find improvement to the existing methods. The most recent method to be devised is electronic voting (e-voting). It is meant to phase out outdated paper ballot, punched cards and other mechanical voting systems with paperless electronic or online voting systems. E-voting systems endeavour to make elections simple while reducing the total cost of the election. Designing an air-tight and reliable e-voting system is therefore a great task, in that, the system that must be developed must protect the privacy of the voter, be easily understood and used by the entire voting populace - no matter who they are or where they come from. Based on this, OVIS, an On-line Voting System, has been developed. It came about as a result of the findings of a study of the electoral process of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
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