Institutional drivers of internet voting adoption in Ghana: A qualitative exploratory studies

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Abstract

Internet voting system adoption in the electoral process can bring enormous benefits. Though few countries have adopted it for their legally binding elections, others have discontinued its use because of perceived vulnerabilities. But it has been argued that the benefits the internet voting system provide outweigh the perceived vulnerabilities. The main purpose of this study is to examine the drivers of the internet voting system from the organizational context. The study is purely qualitative using semi-structured interviews. The interview participants were top management of EC staff, political parties’ executives and experts who were purposively selected, and thematic analysis was used to extract patterns from the data collected. The main themes that emerged from the thematic analysis include pressure from political parties, pressure from the government, legal framework, financial readiness of EC, EC top management support, convenience, accuracy, and increase voter turnouts. The discussion of the findings and the implication of the results were discussed in the study.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic and Baltic Journal of Information and Communications Technologies
ISSN1902-097X
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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Ghana
European Community
voting
driver
Internet
vulnerability
voter turnout
interview
management
election
expert
staff

Keywords

  • Internet voting
  • Institutional factors
  • E-Government
  • coercive forces
  • Ghana

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