Paper trail conversation cannot be ignored - Barney Karuuombe

Paper trail conversation cannot be ignored - Barney Karuuombe

Outgoing Election Commissioner Barney Karuuombe says debate on whether to fit Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with a Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), should not be ignored ahead of this year's Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Karuuombe told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that VVPAT should be part of the early negotiations between the Electoral Commission and political parties.
He said the legality, logistics and financial implications related to the addition of the VVPAT to the EVMs should all be reviewed.
The out-going Election Commissioner said this debate could bring together some political parties that support the Indian-made machines in their current format, and those feeling forced to use the machines.
Karuuombe was, however, quick to note that machines should be embraced, and it would not be wise to revert back to the traditional ballot voting system.
His comments come at a time when several opposition parties are calling for the addition of the VVPAT to the voting machines.
The paper trail facility allows for verification of votes through a receipt, that serves as proof that the vote cast was for a particular political party or candidate.
ECN says adding VVPAT will cost it around N$160 million.