School based elections do indeed constitute an important foundation of our democracy. Democratic ideals and practices that actually inform on the nation’s democratic system are informed by the elementary level practices such as school based elections. It is therefore important to ensure that we are able to put in place an effective school based election system which will facilitate credible elections within our schools. One of the most effective ways of enhancing the overall effectiveness of school based elections is the use of electronic voting as opposed to the now popular paper ballot based voting system.
There are several benefits that will come about as a result of implementing an electronic school based election system. First and foremost, such a system will enhance the credibility of the overall election process. School based election, just as is the case with convectional elections, are prone to manipulations and it is important to ensure that the credibility of such elections is enhanced through implementing a practice that will minimize such manipulations. Electronic elections due to their very nature will minimize incidences of electoral malpractices such as the use of fake ballot papers.
In addition to enhancing the overall credibility of the election process, another importance of school based elections as opposed to convectional ballot paper election is the fact that electronic election is likely to facilitate greater participation. Most people or students for that matter would pass an opportunity to vote simply because the process might be inconvenient to them. A ballot paper election might involve the students having to spend time in queues waiting for their turn to vote, and this might indeed inconvenience many students who might already be laden with busy schedules. An electronic system that allows students to vote online from any location will encourage many of them to participate in the process since they can do so at their own convenience including from the comfort of their rooms.
The effectiveness of the overall election process is one of the most important aspects of evaluating the overall success of the election process. An electronic voting system is indeed one of the most effective ways of conducting a school election. Such a system will enhance the collection of votes from voters and even the tallying of the votes. This can be achieved through the use of appropriate software that can be used to automate both the voter registration process and the tallying of the votes thereby enhancing the overall effectiveness of the entire process.