Catholic University of Malawi to hold public lecture on e-voting system

 The Catholic University of Malawi will this Thursday hold a public lecture on e-voting system using mobile phones.

Catholic University of Malawi campus

The public lecture will be conducted by Sophie Banya, a lecturer at the University who is also Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the Faculty of Education.

According to a press statement issued by the University, voting is the foundation of any democratic system of government and the most commonly used form of voting is the ballot paper.

“This system requires eligible voters to visit the voting stations to cast their votes. For a variety of reasons, many are not able to visit polling stations and would like to be able to vote remotely for example, from home, office or while travelling,” reads the press statement in part.

The lecture, therefore, proposes an e-voting system using mobile phones, which is of low cost, secure and which can be used alongside the paper ballot voting system.

Sophie Banya is a Statistician and Cryptographer and holds an MSc in Information Theory, Coding and Cryptography, which she obtained in 2012 from the Mzuzu University.

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5 thoughts on “Catholic University of Malawi to hold public lecture on e-voting system”

  1. CU BONARFIDE says:

    Its a sound development if strategically implemented …..I welcome it…Illiterate people are the ones who comment in that way…This is the modern world, let technology lead don’t be malafideic, support the University its our own.

  2. Ineyo says:

    People, please read articles before commenting on them. Also, do not bring up facts refuting an argument that hasn’t been presented yet. Mobile voting cannot replace the traditional paper-based system, even in the most advanced countries. It just helps people who want to vote but cannot get to the polling station for one reason or another. It’s not like I can just pick any phone (or phones if I have many) and vote.

  3. Inspectah Deck says:

    Kungomva kuti e chakuti basi mwati nzabwino!!! How reliable is the mobile network in Malawi. Haven’t you had situations whereby you call someone and you get a voice mail that the subscriber cannot be reached while his phone is on and is within the mobile network reach?
    What if someone else registers and uses your number? Ngati akukubelani ndalama pa airtel money and mpamba ndiye kuli bwanji zamavotizi. Zinazi osamaziyambila dala we are better off with the paper system kummaviika chala.

    1. mwanya taona says:

      Akulu mwanenazo ndi zomveka ndi zoona zedi. Asatipusitse akubawa

  4. Achakulungwa says:

    How many people use cell phones in Malawi? I don’t Malawi is ready for e-voting. Perhaps 20 years from now!

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