Electronic Voting Technologies (EVTs) are increasingly used in elections, whether as electronic voter identification or digital ballot counting. Enthusiasts state that EVTs can avoid manual error and interference, thereby curbing corruption. African elections infamous for electoral rigging and marred by low trust, making them the perfect case for EVTs. However, as this essay shows, EVTs in authoritarian settings can prove more harmful than beneficial. Electronic ballots can misfunction or be manipulated. Moreover, the mandatory collection of biometric data by states can lead to increased civilians surveillance and repression. This paper details the pitfalls of EVTs and ethical dilemmas. It concludes that in the absence of political will, the creation of large databases curbs rather than enhances democratic freedoms.