EC ready to implement electronic voting system


BANGKOK, 23 July 2015 – The Election Commission of Thailand is now ready to implement an electronic voting system.

Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn said that the EC meeting on the election system development has already looked at the plan to adopt the electronic voting system that involves short-, medium- and long-term plans, in order to allow for the use of this new option for the upcoming public referendum of the draft Constitution.

According to Mr. Somchai, two prototype machines are now ready to be used at two polling stations of the Rajthevee district of Bangkok, where they will serve about 1,600 eligible voters.

Voters will have the opportunity to choose their preferred system while the EC will be able to test the electronic voting system in order to gain trust and demonstrate the potential of future polling stations, he said.

He went on to say that the meeting also discussed the idea of an election application for smartphones which can be developed to facilitate voters.