Biometic voting used in the 2017 presidential elections in Kenya. (Photo Credit: TechnoMag)
Biometic voting used in the 2017 presidential elections in Kenya. (Photo Credit: TechnoMag)

The second edition of Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) which will take place from 6th to 8th June 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda under the esteemed patronage of His Excellencies President Paul Kagame and Pedro Pires (ex-President of Cabo Verde) will focus on innovation as a tool to address Africa’s pressing challenges, such as poverty, health, education, food security and Good Governance.

The summit is about seeking disruptive solutions to Africa’s challenges. Innovations are happening on many fronts on the continent to promote credible as well as free and fair elections.

Over the last 5 years, electoral bodies in collaboration with experts have begun implementing new ideas and technologies. It is therefore incumbent on Africans to seek creative and innovative ways to ensure free and fair elections on the Continent.

Thus, the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and AIS are pleased to announce that they will jointly organize a special side event on ‘Innovations in Electoral Democracy in Africa’ at the summit.

Specifically, the one-day special event will focus on three critical areas; The application of blockchain technology to elections, New tools for collating and transfer of election results securely, and Participation in elections. The special session will explore not only the last five years but also trends for the future, while proposing ideas for African countries on the way forward.

The idea is to seek innovative ways to ensure that each vote counts and that the voting process, the counting/collation and reporting are transparent, and that the process leading to and during the elections is fair.  The session will provide an opportunity to undertake a dialogue that cut across sectors and interests, identify innovative solutions, share experiences among African countries, and to create coalitions able to advance with the agenda of innovating to address the challenge of organizing free and fair elections in Africa.