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Envoy Signs Funding For Management System

  Before the next general elections, the Fijian Elections Office will become the third country in the region to implement an Election Management System. The two-year project worth $1.3 million
18 Jun 2016 13:19
Envoy Signs Funding For Management System
New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji and the Supervisor of Elections signing the agreement

 

Before the next general elections, the Fijian Elections Office will become the third country in the region to implement an Election Management System.

The two-year project worth $1.3 million will be funded by the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid Programme. The funding is in addition to previous and ongoing support received from New Zealand.

A signing ceremony of the grant funding agreement between the Fijian Elections Office and the New Zealand High Commission for the development of the FEO’s Election Management System took place yesterday.

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the software would give FEO the ability to better manage logistics to make voting easier and more accessible.

“It will also reduce the risk of human error in logistics by eliminating the process of manually controlling inventory. The EMS will ensure greater transparency and accountability by automatically preserving all statistics on FEO operations for future reference, review and use,” Mr Saneem said.

An internal review of the 2014 General Elections noted that the FEO needed to develop an electronic operations management platform.

A tender was advertised for the development of this highly-customised software.

 

Some of the core functions of the EMS will involve the integration of the following components:

  1. Political party registration;
  2. Polling venue management;
  3. Postal vote application and management;
  4. Polling Day worker recruitment;
  5. Voter List management;
  6. Logistics tracking and equipment management.

 

Mr Saneem said that following the FEO’s tender and procurement process, FEO signed an agreement with NADRA Technologies Limited to develop and deploy this customised software that would manage polling operations from a central location.

“NADRA is one of the leading system integrators based in Islamabad, Pakistan. The company has, over the years successfully implemented several customisable solutions for identification, e-governance, and document security for its corporate and public sector clients,” Mr Saneem said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  roneel.karthik@fijisun.com.fj

 

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