Military gov rolls out ‘electronic’ voting machine for constitution poll

The first look at the government’s new voting machine was revealed in June. Photo: MCOT

Ratchathewi will be the first district in Thailand to use an electronic voting machine created by the government to prepare for a possible public referendum on Thailand’s latest draft constitution.

The Election Commission of Thailand said it is ready to install the prototype machines at two polling stations in Ratchathewi where they will serve about 1,600 voters, according to Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn.

The voting on the draft constitution could happen in January, and the organization will take the opportunity to test the machines for future elections. The plan is to roll them out nationwide for future, hypothetical elections.

With space for names to be handwritten and big analog buttons all in an army green package, these machines look like state of the art tech, were it 1972.

Somchai added the Election Commission is also looking to develop an election application for smartphones to facilitate citizens in finding their polling stations, state media reported.

Photos: MCOT

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