12 Mar 2018

Samoa election votes to be cast electronically

10:49 am on 12 March 2018

Votes in Samoa's 2021 election will now be cast electronically.

Electoral office in Mulinuu

Electoral office in Mulinuu Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

The electoral commissioner, Faimalōmatumua Mathew Lemisio, said the new system will cut down on waiting times at polling stations, and make for more effective counting.

He said it will also crack down on double-voting, with one vote allocated to a person's fingerprint.

Faimalōmatumua said the system is being funded by the World Electoral Association in South Korea, and a team will arrive in Samoa this month to convert the electoral roll into an electronic system.

He said the system will eliminate the manual counting of votes, with provisional results available almost immediately after polls close.