13 March, 2018, 12:00 am
Votes in Samoa’s 2021 election will now be cast electronically.
Electoral Commissioner Faimalmatumua Mathew Lemisio said the new system would cut down on waiting times at polling stations and make for more effective counting.
He said it would also crack down on double voting, with one vote allocated to a person’s fingerprint.
He said the system was being funded by the World Electoral Association in South Korea, and a team would arrive in Samoa this month to convert the electoral roll into an electronic system.
He added the system would eliminate the manual counting of votes, with provisional results available almost immediately after polls closed.