By Lizzy Okoji
Ms. Arlinda Chantre, Director General of the Directorate General of Support to the Electoral Process (DGAPE) in Cape Verde, told the ECOWAS long-term observation mission that the country was ready to organize credible elections on October 17.
The ECOWAS delegation in Praia, Cape Verde, headed by Mr. Francis Oke, head of the ECOWAS Electoral Assistance Division, revealed this in a statement released to the media on Friday. its electoral mission in the country.
According to the statement, Chantre told the ECOWAS mission that the country expected a high turnout in the elections compared to the turnout recorded in the 2016 elections.
Chantre briefed the ECOWAS delegation on various issues, including voter registration, the 2019 Gender Parity Law and the exemplary collaboration between electoral institutions.
She said that with collaborations between electoral institutions; the National Electoral Commission (CNE) was working to organize credible and successful elections in the archipelago.
“The electoral management bodies were already preparing for a possible second or second round of the presidential election on October 31, as provided for in the electoral law,” she said.
She showed the delegation the packaged election materials for dispatch in case none of the seven presidential candidates meet the constitutional requirement of 50% + 1 vote in the first round of voting on October 17.
“Voters would continue to use their valid national identity cards or passports to vote, until the national database is updated for the production of registration cards.
“Candidates are not legally required to pay any fees or deposits to contest elected office.
“Instead, candidates receive 750 escudos (92 escudos = $ 1 USD) for every vote received in an election after the campaign and political party tax audit.
“On the low turnout in the last presidential election in 2016, the fact that the outgoing president was on the ballot could have been a factor.
“We are optimistic that the Oct. 17 competition, involving seven applicants, would likely see a higher participation rate,” Chantre said.
The statement by the ECOWAS delegation said that the mission also visited the centralized data system that provides digital solutions to government institutions in Cape Verde, including electoral data management.
The center is known as Praia NOSI DataCentre (in Portuguese: NucleoOperacional da Sociedade de Informacao).
Established in 2012, the center is largely responsible for the advancement of the country in e-government, with better results in areas such as health, education, municipal governance, financial management and transmission. electronic election results.
Ms. Ana Marta, Senior Director, gave a presentation on NOSI data generation, while Lumumba Barbosa, Executive Administrator, and Luis Correia, Center Director, explained how NOSI works, as a network operations center. (NOC), which has seven levels of security and a 24/7 surveillance system.
The facility is also isolated against natural or man-made disasters such as fires, tsunamis, earthquakes, plane crashes and similar threats.
While some of its hardware, such as tablets and refrigeration systems are sourced from overseas, particularly Italy, officials explained that NOSI has a national engineering staff for its uninterrupted operations and that the technology had not experienced any negative incidents since its inception. .
Describing the original idea and concept of NOSI as being of national origin, officials highlighted the efficiency and effectiveness of the Center as being driven by centralized, integrated and synchronized systems of generation, storage and processing of data. data
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