Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Factors Influencing Perceived Trust and Risks of e-Voting Solutions: A Study Within The Bahrain’s Elections

Research Seminar

Sayed Jalal Naser
Thursday September 3rd
(12.00, RC204)

Since it was declared as Kingdom in 2002, where municipal elections and parliamentary elections were held in the same year, Bahrain has taken a strategic decision to the application of ICT in boosting the democratic operations. Bahrain has partially applied e-Voting in 2002 parliamentary election, and has prepared for its full application in 2006 election. However a sudden decision was taken to put 2006 e-Voting programme on hold till 2010.

Within the above framework, studying the barriers and exploring the challenges facing applying e-Voting in Bahrain represent the area of the research described by this presentation. The research aimed in particularly at investigating what determines Bahrainis voters’ evaluation of the trustworthiness of an e-Voting solution.

The study follows a mixed research strategy for building and expanding the theory. The first stage which would be a qualitative one includes interviewing Members of the Parliament MPs as will as Bahraini’s election officials. This stage would be followed by a quantitative stage during which participants from the general public would be surveyed about their views regarding Trust on e-Voting.

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