Electoral Commission rents a satellite ..
Electoral Commission rents a satellite ..
Date Posted 03/04/2018 10:47 AM
The Electoral Commission has hired a satellite to transfer voter data from 54,000 polling stations throughout Iraq to the national center in the capital, Baghdad, by no more than one hour.
The election commission will also enter for the first time electronic devices in the race for elections after contracting with a South Korean company to buy 59 thousand devices accelerated results, amounting to about 97 million dollars.
Most entities fear the entry of electronic devices into force because they will greatly reduce the chances of manipulation and falsification of the results of the elections, which will give each entity its real voices.
“The use of modern technology in the upcoming parliamentary elections will limit the chances of manipulation and corruption in election results and fraud,” said former head of the Electoral Commission Commission Srbst Mustafa in an interview with Al-Mada.
“Most entities and political parties are concerned about the rapid entry of electronic equipment into the electoral process, because it will limit the chances of falsifying the results,” he added, adding that “these bodies will give the electoral entities real votes without tampering or any violations.”
More than 300,000 employees will participate in the running of the next electoral process after completing their training on the use of 59,000 electronic devices accelerated results will be distributed to 54,552 polling stations, and the remaining equipment will be dedicated to training cadres and reserves.
While the number of voters who are entitled to participate in the elections in May next year about 24 million voters after the addition of four children born in 97, 98, 99 and 2000.
The Electoral Commission last year confirmed to the (extent) its intention to reproduce the South Korean experience in the management of elections. It unveiled its contract for the purchase of 59,000 devices in order to switch to “electronic voting”, accelerate the counting of votes and announce results in a short period. The former official in the Electoral Commission that “these devices are used in many developed countries, including the United States and the Russian Federation “Pointing out that” the vote will not be electronically in the upcoming elections, but will be paper. ”
Many Iraqis question the independence of the Electoral Commission, because of the way the parliamentary blocs passed their candidates to the current board of commissioners and the exclusion of independent elites, raising concerns about the possibility of manipulating the results of the elections and removing the rival candidates of the ruling blocs.
The former official explains the counting mechanism, saying that “after the completion of the electoral process, the organs directly and immediately counting and sorting electronically and then issue its final report.”
“Just inserting the ballots into the machines will turn into arithmetical numbers that appear on a special screen. After the completion of the electoral process and the counting and counting, the results will be announced in the stations before they are linked to the national center to announce the results in all the provinces,” he said.
It shows that “the process of transferring and sending election results from stations and centers to the National Center in Baghdad does not take more than one hour,” pointing out that “each station needs ten seconds to transmit and send their results to the data collection centers.”
“This happens in one case, when the polling officer carries an electoral card to another person by using fingerprints in all fingers that are in collusion with representatives of entities,” Srebast Mustafa said.
“Most of the manipulations and breaches do not affect the results of the elections in their general form,” he said, warning of “three ways that could change the results of any country’s elections, including the use of fraud by the state itself or by intelligence intervention or through specialized companies in the hacker.”
The cabinet set the date for the parliamentary elections on 12 May next after confirming its commitment to provide safe and necessary environment for the elections and the return of displaced persons to their areas.
The previous government had resorted in the elections in 2014 to allocate a financial advance to the Commission amounted to 350 billion Iraqi dinars, of which 155 billion dinars to support the electronic registration project in those elections.
The former official said that “the Korean company with which the Commission has contracted to buy electronic ballot boxes is estimated at $ 97 million.”
More than two months ago, activists posted on social networking pages a video showing a citizen explaining the methods of fraud that could follow in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The person then used a blue ink pen to sign on a blank sheet of paper and then easily cleared the signature after being subjected to a simple heat.
Some electoral entities may resort to ways and means to falsify the upcoming elections by influencing the will of the electorate or exploiting the centers and stations in remote remote areas.
“In some villages observers are helping illiterate voters fill out their forms,” said electoral expert Adil Lami. “In this case, observers may use voters and place signals according to the wishes of the entities to which the observers belong.” Speeding up the results is accurate and does not accept forgery. ”
Al-Lami ruled out “piracy operations targeting electoral systems in which the electoral commission operates because it is linked to a private satellite that is not connected to the local Internet lines.” The Electoral Commission hired a satellite to transfer information from stations to the National Center.