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Innovation in Electoral Technology : How will technology be utilised in the 2030s?

Date of Event: Wednesday, 16th February 2022

Time of Event: 14:00–16:00 GMT/UK time

Place of Event: Webinar


In the first virtual roundtable of the Electoral Stakeholders’ Network four-part series on ‘Elections in the 2030s’, this webinar will discuss innovations in field of electoral technology, outlining what technologies electoral management bodies could have at their disposal in the next decade. The session will also focus on challenges: those which may stop innovations being readily available, those that new technologies could address, and those that new technology could create.

High profile elections over the last few years have raised questions over the use of technology in the democratic process, but at the same time electoral management bodies (EMBs) face pressure to improve efficiency, communication, delivery and cost efficiency in their electoral processes – all of which technology could provide the answer.

Technology and elections though haven’t always gone hand in hand. While the world of technology has dramatically changed over the last two decades, it has been said that there has been little progress in the use of electoral technology in many countries since the change of the century. It is perhaps undeniable that technological innovation in the election industry lags far behind other sectors such as banking and e-government. Understanding what these blocks are on innovation and how this can be addressed will also be a key questions of this roundtable.

The roundtable will feature presentations from chairs of EMBs, leading academics as well demonstrations of innovative technologies by industry specialists.


Sy Mamabolo
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Electoral Commission of South Africa
Peter Wolf
Senior Expert in Technology at International IDEA
Nimit Sawhney
CEO of Voatz
Eduardo Correia
Chief Technology Officer of Smartmatic


  • What new technologies could be available in technologies in the 2030s?
  • See demonstrations of new and innovative technologies from leading industry companies
  • Understand how new technology can improve the efficiency and delivery of elections
  • Discuss how trust can be improved around the use of technology in elections
  • Explore what obstacles may prevent new technologies being embraced in the field of elections
  • Learn what challenges EMBs may face in implementing new technology

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