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Ramphele: Voting technology concerning

Mamphela Ramphele said South Africa is too sophisticated not to have upgraded its election process by now.

Mamphela Ramphele said South Africa is too sophisticated not to have upgraded its election process by now. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele expressed concern over the state of technology around voting in South Africa, and said electronic voting should be introduced to reduce the costs that go into elections in the country.

Ramphele added that electronic voting will assist in eliminating the casualties that come with elections such as ballot papers being stolen.

Agang leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele after casting her vote at Sea Point Library in Cape Town. Picture: Graeme Raubenhiemer/EWN.

The politician said South Africa is too sophisticated not to have upgraded its election process by now.

"Why on earth, in 2014, are we not using electronic voting?"

She argued the current system does not make any sense because no one benefits from it.

"Who benefits from this system that has so many faults and risk areas? It costs a lot and we continue with it."

Agang comes in as a new political party in South Africa and it remains to be seen how the party will do as one of the new kids on the block.

Video: Politicians cast their votes in the WC.