Rostelecom told on Thursday, July 29, what difficulties they encountered in developing a remote electronic voting system (DEG), which will be used in the September elections in Russia.
According to the developers, the system, despite the enormous loads, must work without interruptions so that there is not the slightest doubt about the purity of the electoral process.
“It shouldn’t create technological barriers. That is, if a person has expressed a desire to participate, there should be no requirements for any additional special knowledge. He must cope without outside help, because our voting is secret, you cannot call someone to help, ”explained Yuri Satirov, Deputy General Director of RT Labs for digitalization of electoral processes, Rostelecom spokesman.
He also added that anonymity, cryptography and encryption must be ensured during voting. In this case, the user will not need to even think about it.
Electronic applications are accepted through the State Services portal from next Monday until September 13 inclusive. This can be done by any voter in those regions where the online voting format will be available. This year, it will be possible to cast your vote remotely in Moscow, as well as in six other subjects of the federation.
Earlier, on May 21, the head of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Ella Pamfilova announced that the list of regions for participation in the DEG by the 2024 elections will be maximized. She explained that the work is going intensively, but “carefully”. According to her, the main task is to build trust in the system. Pamfilova stressed that citizens must understand all the processes “that are taking place in this system.”
For the first time, the remote electronic voting system was applied in Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region from June 25 to June 30, 2020 during voting on amendments to the Constitution of Russia. Approximately 1 million residents of the capital and almost 140 thousand residents of Nizhny Novgorod applied for participation in this format.