The State Duma adopted in the second and third readings amendments of deputies of United Russia that simplify the organization of elections in the context of a pandemic. Both postal voting and remote electronic voting will now be possible for all levels of elections.
Recall that the beginning of the pandemic of coronavirus infection served as a kind of trigger for the introduction of remote voting. This was stated by the political party United Russia. For this purpose, an electronic voting system based on blockchain technology has been developed.
First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on state construction and legislation Vyacheslav Lysakov stated that the bill adopted by the State Duma is due to technological progress and digitalization of many areas of life.
“Taking into account modern realities, it is extremely important to modernize and promote processes, including voting. I think this is an absolutely normal step. We are moving towards reducing the paper document flow,” explained the parliamentarian.
However, experts say that it is difficult to control voting in such an election.
“This is a very dangerous initiative in the conditions of general distrust of our electoral system. It is simply impossible to check that everything went correctly. Civil Control over this form of voting is reduced to a minimum,” said Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of the movement Voice for the protection rights of voters.
The expert added that it is impossible to verify that the voter votes personally, that the secrecy of the vote is respected. In addition, you cannot be sure that all votes will be correctly considered.
Earlier, E Hacking News reported that electronic voting in Russia is safe.