Technology is critically important in administering elections; no country can run away from using technology in managing free and fair elections. Technology has been used to conduct voter education campaigns, voter registration, managing and training staff, printing ballot papers, to record, count, transmission and publication of the election results.
Technology, when applied appropriately, it can effectively increase the efficiency, transparency and credibility of the electoral process. The advent of ICTs has made it easier for practitioners, citizens and voters to engage in electoral process and get real time and rapid responses to emerging issues which might in one way or other affect elections.
The open ESR technology is one tool that has been used in African countries during elections. This has included digital mapping tools, internet and mobile device based solutions. The aim of using these technologies is to improve the electoral process.
Using technologies in elections is not an end in itself but it offers possibilities for administering electoral processes, especially when implemented appropriately and timely.