Batswana to vote online in 2019?

Officials from the IEC sorting ballots
Officials from the IEC sorting ballots

Batswana could be in line for their first ever online voting come elections 2019.

A Nambian company has announced itself as the winner of a tender for designing and delivering  the first ever electronic voting system for Botswana, for the 2019 General elections.

Namibian media says Namibia Biometric Systems (NBS) has been chosen as the best suitable company to design the new electronic voting machines for Botswana’s next general elections and is expected to give a presentation to the country’s parliamentarians on the matter later this year.

NBS is Namibian company that focuses on biometric security such as facial recognition, fingerprints, social monitoring and analytics; and anything that revolves around security systems.

Biometrics is the application of statistical analysis to biological data.

According to the Namibian press NBS  and other companies were approached last year by the IEC to assist in coming up with new mechanisms to improve their voting system by designing electronic voting machines.

It was then that different companies had to present their services to the electoral stakeholders in Botswana and NBS scored the highest, Namibian media outlets reported.

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