Maria Goyayi and Paul Kariuki examine the benefits and drawbacks of employing technology to facilitate an election during a pandemic.. Here is an excerpt of this story published News24:
As South Africa prepares for municipal elections amid a lethal wave of Covid-19, it is critical to explore the possibility of using technology in facilitating an election.
However, election amid the Covid-19 pandemic presents unique challenges. The reality imposed by Covid-19 is testing democratic infrastructures across the globe, requiring nations to balance the need for credible elections to gain legitimacy for effective governance while containing the devastating public health crisis.
Covid-19 a communicable disease thriving in crowded places and human proximity has increased the advocacy for digitalisation in most aspects of normal life activities, including the election. Digitising an election is a necessary and effective way to balance public health concerns and credible elections.
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