A mobile web based electronic voting system : a case study of Strathmore University student council
Omondi, Gregory Peter
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Paper ballot voting system brings with it a number of problems such as: slow rate of counting and tabulation of casted votes, inaccurate results due to human error, poor presentation of the ballot papers, inconvenience for the voter to cast a vote, poor participation and turnout, fraud in polling stations and during the transmission and tabulation of result, increase in spoilt ballot, increase in the long term costs of production and distribution of ballot papers. This dissertation aims at the following research objectives: to investigate how electronic voting systems are implemented around the world, to develop a mobile web based electronic voting system and to test and evaluate the developed mobile web based electronic voting system. The dissertation presents a secure mobile web based electronic voting system, a case study of Strathmore University student council elections. The system is inspired by the Estonian Internet voting system architecture with major changes; it can be customized and implemented for a variety of elections such as: large institution elections, party elections, parliamentary elections or even the national elections. The mobile web based electronic system is secured by use of secure socket layer protocol, hashing, public key encryption and secure electronic transmission Protocol. These helped achieve the following security properties: authenticity, confidentiality, integrity, verification, and anonymity. The researcher reviewed relevant literature that was used in designing of the system prototype, this was then followed by a system testing that aimed at measuring the efficiency, effectiveness, ease to learn, interactivity and convenience of the system to the voters. The system testing targeted the Strathmore University students who interacted with the system and filled in questionnaires. The respondents found the system to be very effective, very efficient, extremely easy to learn how to use, very good to interact with, very useful and extremely convenient.