THE ELECTION Commission is considering a software application developed by an international institute to help reduce the risk of violence as well as prevent fraud and vote-buying in future elections.
Somchai Srisuthiyakorn, an election commissioner, said Thursday that the EC’s relevant units were studying the Electoral Risk Management (ERM) Tool and would present the findings to the commissioners for a final decision within two weeks.
If the EC commissioners approve the software, he said a locally developed version of the program should be available within six months.
The ERM Tool is developed by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, also known as International IDEA. It is designed to enhance users’ capacity to understand risk factors, analyse risk data and take action to prevent and mitigate election-related violence.
The software also accumulates and stores large amounts of qualitative, quantitative and geo-spatial data that can grow from election to election, according to the International IDEA website. This data will enable users to enhance their understanding of critical electoral issues, conduct cross-election analysis, direct electoral reform efforts, as well as plan and implement successive electoral processes.