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Internet voting in Latvia may be possible in the next municipal elections

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Arnis Cimdars

The «Proposal for the development of an internet voting system» concept was presented during the State Secretary meeting in March this year. The goal of this system is to introduce a new voting system – internet voting, which would allow voters to take part in the preliminary voting of the 2013 municipal elections, Chairman of the Central Elections Commission (CEC) Arnis Cimdars reveals.

Keeping in mind the specifics of the internet environment the main condition of introducing internet voting is the system’s technical ability to preserve the principle of secret ballot, because the choice of technical solution would dictate the system’s ability to ensure the secrecy of internet voting, which unlike traditional postal method, requires special attention. If, when voting by post, the failure to ensure secrecy is considered to be an individual case, then the same inability to ensure secrecy when voting via the internet because of an inadequate technical solution could cause a complete violation of the secret ballot principle, Cimdars notes.

The technical solution to the internet voting system will be provided by the dependable certified service provider (USPS), which would provide a secure internet voting portal as well as a secure electronic signature system. With that, using modern technological solutions, a special internet voting system will be created: secure, dependable and able to ensure an important condition for the internet voting portal’s viability – the online level of integration between the voting portal and the electorate registry.

According to Cimdars, the Saeima could swiftly mobilize resources, by completing the relevant Law amendments before the summer vacation, and develop and test the internet voting system until the end of the year, so that the system would be available for use in the next municipal elections.

The CEC believe that there will be no problems with ensuring internet voting in the 2013 municipal elections, because they plan to use the previously prepared election lists, and ever since 2005 there is no need to put a stamp in the voters’ passports. A “narrow hopelessness” would take place if 2013 bring an untimely referendum or emergency Saeima elections, and it is impossible to put a stamp on an ID-card for taking part in the elections.

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