Open ballot system

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An open ballot system is a voting method in which voters vote openly, in contrast to a secret ballot, where a voter's choices are confidential.

The open ballot system was the norm prior to Australia adopting the secret ballot in 1856.[1] In modern times, the open ballot, also known as Option A4, was first adopted in the Third Nigerian Republic during the 1993 Nigerian presidential election, an election widely considered by Nigerians as the freest and fairest in the country's political history.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Terry Newman, "Tasmania and the Secret Ballot" (PDF). (144 KiB) (2003), 49(1) Aust J Pol & Hist 93, accessed May 20, 2015
  2. ^ "Nigerians remember MKO Abiola on June 12". TVC News. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Making a point with Option A4". The Nation. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Norbert Kersting; Janice Caulfield; R. Andrew Nickson; Dele Olowu; Hellmut Wollmann (2009). Local Governance Reform in Global Perspective. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 353116953X.
  • Nigeria National Electoral Commission. Open Ballot System and Electioneering Campaign Laws and Guidelines (1990)