Culminating in a nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution demonstrated their widespread support in the population. Successfully passed and the experiment on remote voting via the Internet, which is now likely to be much more common in domestic electoral practice.
According to the Public headquarters for control and monitoring of the national vote in Moscow, the turnout in the capital amounted to 55,93%. Almost two-thirds of participants (65,29%) said the presidential amendment, “Yes”, opposed of 33.98%. In the electronic voting figures are quite close — 62,33% voted via the Internet of Muscovites supported the amendments, and 37,67% was skeptical.
the Reliability of the results and the transparency of the voting process during the week from 25 June to 1 July was the concern of the Public headquarters for the monitoring and surveillance of the national vote in Moscow, established under the Public chamber of Moscow. More than 20 thousand observers attended all of the capital’s polling stations, ensuring compliance with the rules, and the Internet acted e-staff, monitored the work of the electronic voting system. Thanks to them the results of people’s will turned out highly fair and legitimate.
the Practice of electronic voting was praised by the head of Council under the President of Russia on development of civil society and human rights Valery Fadeev. According to him, she may become a good example for other States.
“I think it’s quite modern, I would say, serves as an example for other countries how to vote, — said Fadeev, stressing that the results of e-voting in Moscow was very close to the numbers the traditional voting in person. – Say, here, electronic voting is the youth, it will be against the Constitution. No, it is not against the Constitution, it is for the amendments to the Constitution”.
the Expert also drew attention to the large number of participants of e — voting in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod region this form of ballot has chosen more than a million people. Remote complete success of the citizens ‘ evidence in favor of mass electronic voting, said Fadeev.
CEC Head Ella Pamfilova confirmed that the opportunity to vote via the Internet attracted the interest of many Russians. The advantages of this approach are obvious — remote voting takes about minutes, you do not need to go anywhere, stand in line or mingle with the passers-by that in the conditions of a pandemic for a number of very important.
“the Citizens called, wrote, asked about the possibility to vote remotely. That is, we are a nationwide mission, a mandate, so we can intensify e��have a job and work so that in the near future to expand these capabilities, along with traditional forms of voting of our citizens not only in Moscow and in Nizhny Novgorod region, but also in other regions could vote online,” said Ella Pamfilova.
One of the regions, the people who first get access to the electronic voting system, may be St. Petersburg, said political analyst Dmitry Solonnikov.
“Nothing and never starts the first time. After analysis of the results obtained in the experiment will include more regions. I think the next stage will be connected and Petersburg, and a number of other subjects of the Federation. I am convinced that electronic voting is the future, we will all prefer to vote. Electronic technology will enter all areas of life, particularly in the election process,” he said, adding that e-voting is convenient for young people and for members age 40+.
Another participant of the remote voting – Krasnodar Krai. So says the President of Fund of protection of national values and a member of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation Alexander Malkevich.
“the Experience of conducting e-voting should be spread in other regions. This must be a readiness not only of the electoral commissions, but also services, which are responsible for information and communication technologies. Stavropol Krai, in our estimation, is among the top ten positive set of tools,” said Mal’kevich.
the Technical side of remote voting is really very important. To vote on amendments to the Constitution were involved in a special information system based on blockchain technologies. This has made it possible to protect the voices of participants and channels of information transfer from intruders. The public headquarters for control and monitoring of the voting on Thursday reported that this week has not been a single failure of this system or hacking. The only attempt of hacker attacks were successfully repulsed, proving its high reliability and security.