In Russia, according to the Central Election Commission (CEC). The Blockchain voting system needs to be perfected. With the aim of being used in national elections.
Although recent tests were encouraging. The commission indicated that improvements are still needed regarding how to verify the identity of voters.
In this regard, the head of the Central Electoral Commission, Ella Pamfilova, expressed her opinion:
“The tests passed without fail. But the system is not yet ready for use throughout Russia. “
Despite the drawbacks, it will be used for remote voting on September 13. During the by-elections in the national parliament, in two Russian regions, Yaroslavl and Kursk.
According to Ella Pamfilova: “Approximately 15,000 people have already registered to vote electronically. And about 3,500 participated in the test”.
Russia’s Blockchain Voting System
In fact, it is based on the enterprise version of the Waves Blockchain. Additionally, it is developed under the direction of the state telecommunications giant, Rostelecom.
At the same time, the system uses homomorphic encryption. So the votes remain encrypted until the voting ends.
That is why Sergey Prilutsky, co-founder of Blockchain Startup MixBytes, said that: “Homomorphic encryption. It is actually better than the one used during electronic voting in Moscow.”.
For his part, Artem Kalikhov, Product Director of Waves Enterprise, said:
“The system allows observers to see how many electronic ballots have been issued in real time. What helps to prevent a possible manipulation ”.
The public test
The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) held the public test of the remote electronic voting system (DEG) on August 31. Even developed in conjunction with Rostelecom and the Ministry of Telecommunications and Mass Communications.
In these circumstances, the technology tests completely repeated all the stages of the next Blockchain vote. For example, registration of a request for participation in electronic voting, authorization and identification through the public services portal. Also, online voting and vote counting.
Importantly, the results of the test vote were posted in less than a minute. In addition, during the tests, the participants shared their impressions. Naturally, on the operation of the system. And they made suggestions to improve its usability.
As Kommersant, the Russian newspaper explained, to avoid inconvenience, it was decided to separate the time of the SDR. Specifically, it will take place only on September 11 and 12. And the traditional vote only on September 13.
Voters who register to vote on the Blockchain, but do not vote electronically. They will be able to go personally to the voting table on September 13.
It should be emphasized that to vote remotely:
- You must submit a request through the utility portal. Very important, until September 8, 2020.
- You have to withdraw the application.
- The application will be sent to the Vybory state agency. For your record in compiling voter lists.
- A citizen who applied to participate in the DEG. And he didn’t withdraw it until September 8. You will not be able to receive a ballot at the voting table. Which completely excludes the possibility of multiple voting.
Unquestionably, mobile voting seems more important than ever. Russia has taken steps to make that happen. Using the security of Blockchain technology. To test an electronic voting system. Do you think it will work? Leave us your opinion in the comment box.
I end with this phrase from Mathias Malzieu: “If you make a bad choice. you will spawn a monster”.