DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A WEB BASED VOTING REGISTRATION SYSTEM
(A CASE STUDY OF INEC)
Voting is a very important process in the Nigerian political system. It is one of the means and the most effective method of ensuring a legitimate government through popular participation. To enthrone sound democracy and stability in the political system of Enugu state, a system of refigure voting has to be put in place. The system would among other functions discourage double voting, forging or hoarding of electoral papers, massive transfer of ballot papers destruction of ballot boxes, inflation of election figures and unnecessary delay in pronouncement of election results. This could be achieved by computerized voting process to remove the difficult administrative tasks of the conduct of election in Enugu state. It is the basic forms we set to achieve in this study.
Therefore this project aims at alleviating the incidence of rigging and introduction of an organized procedure of voting which is the bane of socio-economic and political progress in Enugu state.
TABLE OF CONTENT
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
1.2 Statement of the problem
1.3 Purpose of the study
1.4 Objective of the study
1.5 scope of the project
1.6 limitations of the study
1.7 Definition of terms
2.0 Literature Review
OVERVIEW OF THE EXISTING SYSTEM
3.1 general description of the existing system
3.2 Method of the data collection used
3.3 Objectives of the existing system
3.4 organizational structure
3.5 input analysis
3.6 process analysis
3.7 Output analysis
3.8 Information flow diagram
3.9 problem of the existing system
3.10 justification for the new system
DESIGN OF THE NEW SYSTEM
4.1 Output specification and design
4.2 Input specification and design
4.3 File design
4.4 Procedure chart
4.5 System flowchart
4.6 System requirements
5.1 program design
5.2 Program flow chart
5.3 Pseudo code
5.4 Source listing
5.5 Test run
6.1 System Documentation
6.2 Program Documentation
6.3 User Documentation
RECOMMENDATION AND CONCLUSION
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Voting is a means of selecting or choosing leaders. It does not apply only to local governments, states and federal government of Nigeria but also in different institutions and social organizations. Therefore, the conduct of elections in a democratic society is very important not only because through it a change of government is effected but also because voting is the main form of political participation for most people for democracy to be sound and smooth, it should be enhanced on election free from fraud.
Many centuries ago, most societies were societies were primitive and had not evolved a system of voting to elect the leaders that will govern then and promote societal harmony and peace. This means that people have to devise a system whereby a leader or a set of leaders have elected from the ranks of the people. At that point the idea of voting and being voted for became important and necessary. But before an individual can cast his or her vote, there are certain conditions to be met, one of which is to be registered as a voter.
Since independence in 1960, the Nigeria political scene has witnessed incessant upheavals, wide scale dishonesty and societal bitterness, which in most instances, degenerated into lawlessness and destruction of lives and property. Theses unfortunate situations paved the way for and served as spring boards for the emergence and growth of unskilled democrats and military leaders in the governance of the nation. Many Nigeria’s are disappointed that a post independent 46years-old Nigeria is still operating constitution which does not enjoy an overwhelming national acceptance, as evident in the persistent calls for the convocation of a sovereigns national conference on the one hand, and the growing demand for ethnic nationalities on the other.
For about four and half decades since independence, the nation had shifted position between parliamentary and presidential system of government, with several military in cursions into polities over the years. Even the present presidential democratic dispensation is still undergoing experimentation with varying degrees of trial and error approach. It is in the light of the foregoing, that this project on voter registration, is written to serve as a useful tool of enlightenment in the hands of voters, the electorate and the general public.
However, voter registration is a critical aspect of the electoral process. A credible voters register is a prelude to free and fair elections. It is also important for people to know is qualified to vote, where, when and how to vote. Also, a full knowledge of the registration procedure will encourage eligible voters to participate in the electoral process.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The inefficiency of voting process in Enugu has resulted in a lot of problems. These problems have continued to obstruct the peace of democracy in Enugu because the choice of a capable candidate is not encourage by the current system. The problems could be emendated as follows.
- The high incidence of multiple voting massive transferred of ballot papers and forging of electoral papers using fictitious names. Indiscrete manipulation and inflation of election figures by electoral commission officers to suit the interest of their favoured candidates.
- Thuggery operation, fear of intimidation and victimization and smuggling of ballot papers into the ballot boxes.
- The fragile nature of some ballot boxes make them vulnerable to destruction
- Lost of votes due to either wrong voting or the case of any of accident occurring during transporting of the statement of result forms and other electoral materials to the collation centers.
- The delay in the generation and announcement of the results which gives room for other manipulations.
Therefore, there should be change for data handling.
1.3 PURPOSE OF STUDY
The purpose of design and implementation of a web based voters registration system is to
1. Design a voter registration system which will help to improve the voters system
2. Implement a web voters registration system.
3. Improve the standard of vote registration
4. Avoid unnecessary delay in vote registration.
5. Update the voters registration roll without bribery and conspiracy.
1.4 OBJECTIVES OF STUDY
The main objectives of this project work is to design a fully web voter registration system which should be able to
- Effectively carryout the task of voting automatically and timely.
- Put to an end the indiscriminate alteration of election results by any officer of the electoral commission of Enugu. This will inculcate discipline in the commission and promote their independence.
- Secure ballot papers and elections results from any accident what server and to quickly detect any defaced ballot paper or a ballot paper that is wrongly plumb printed.
- stop multiply or double voting, forgery in any shape or form and smuggling of ballot papers into ballot boxes. This will restore the integrity of votes cast in any election in Enugu state.
- Generate accurate report and effect a sticks knowledge of election results using an on-line computer processing system.
1.5 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The study covers voting processes as it is done at the ward councillorship elections, local government chairmanship elections, the state house of assembly elections, the Gubernatorial elections the national house of parliamentary elections and presidential elections. It also inculcates the voters personal records, candidates personal records and voting procedures it covers election with at most five polling centers.
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