Africa-Press – Eswatini. Instead of waiting for news reports and social media updates for election results, the nation will now get prompt updates through the EBC’s latest innovation, the elections mobile APP.
This app seeks to ease the nation’s concerns on the fairness and transparency of the election process.
The app was designed by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), in collaboration with the Royal Science and Technology Park (RSTP).
It is already up and running, and available for Android and iPhone users. EBC Communication Officer Mbonisi Bhembe confirmed the release of the mobile app.
He said it provided information about candidates who were participating in the elections in recent primary elections; who they were, how many votes they got, as well as the status of the polling stations.
Bhembe said they were working on even updating the app periodically, to show in terms of the voter turnout and how far it had gone.
Bhembe revealed that the commission would also update results, so that people could easily get information on their fingertips.
“We have developed an app which will make it easier for locals to follow the elections, especially the youth, who we are hoping will be excited by this product,” said Bhembe
Explaining further he said, the rationale behind the designing of the mobile app, was the great need for data, adding that the commission’s mandate was to be transparent in its dealings in the elections processes.
“This is to ease people, because there are always suspicions that the elections are not conducted fairly, in that we are said to be favouring some candidates against others. So we then decided to dispel those myths with these innovative ideas,” Bhembe said.
Worth mentioning is that the app is available on Google PlayStore, where you simply search for EBC Eswatini.
The EBC logo would be visible and then one has to download and install it.
Bhembe said they were hoping that Eswatini would be ranked among the first to have used a web application in the dissemination of election information.