Now the US election is something that has caused quite a stir across the globe. It always does. Now especially so after the presidency of one Barack Obama, a man who defied all odds to win the US presidency. A few years later and here we go again. The entire internet is literally painted Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Google knows how much the whole world wants to know how the election pans out, so they have announced something big. They will announce the results as soon as the polls close, in over 30 languages. Sweet right? I know.
We all cannot wait to find out how the US election goes, for one reason or the other. In this age of IoT, information has become extremely accessible and rightly so. Tech giants Google have in the past played major roles in the US election. Providing vital voter assistance tools.
This time Google have upped the stacks a whole lot more. The company introduced internet tools to help people register, teach them how to vote and how to vote early, where to find their polls and so forth. To intensify things, Google also offered all this and much more in Spanish. Now the tech giants have announced something bigger and better. Reals time updates. Election results will be updated every 30 seconds according to Google. Google had this to say in their official blog;
“Starting when the polls close on Election Day, you will be able to find U.S. election results integrated right into your Google searches in over 30 languages around the world. You’ll also be able to see detailed updates and results of the Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional, Gubernatorial races as well as state-level referenda and ballot propositions.”
To make things simple, Google will present the Election data in an easy-to-read format, with Democrats in blue, Republicans in red, and simple graphs, alongside the key numbers.
Could this happen in Zimbabwe?
This is not a political question, it is rather a tech question. The simple answer to it being yes, this could be done in Zimbabwe. Especially with the advent of Biometric voting that according to ZEC is imminent. With proper structures and systems, a biometric voting system could increase efficiency in ballot counting and verification, two processes that usually take ages in Africa. However, our uptake of such tech is disappointingly low. We have failed to automate simple processes like getting IDs and passports. This simply shows how far we are and how much we have to step it up to catch on.
So in conclusion, you will not be seeing anything like what the US election and Google are doing. Not for many many year to come!