Some election observers, including some in the United States, expressed surprise that the RMI is still “hand counting” votes for the 2015 national election. Yes, it’s true: hand counting has been the norm from election number one in 1979 to election number 10 this week.
Besides, it’s only once every four years that a national election rolls around. Our observation is that while assuredly it is a grind for the candidates, generally speaking the drama of national elections is a welcome development in the humdrum of atoll life.
Machine voting and counting? The hand count works just fine.
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