Russian Political Party Launches Blockchain-Powered E-Voting

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Local news agency TASS reported on 6th March, the ruling party of the Russian Federation, United Russia, has started a blockchain-enable platform for E-voting.

United Russia has launched an updated website for its primaries with the added function of e-voting. The party’s head of IT projects Vyacheslav Sateyev stated that the vote counting process will be executed using blockchain. He further said:

“Candidates will be able to fill in their personal pages on this website, including posting news, photos, videos, distributing their pages. The personal account is now integrated with all social media networks. We have further made an adaptive version of the website for mobile phones.”

Only citizens who had finished the verification process on the web portal providing electronic state services can join in and vote. The electronic-voting system reportedly developed to enhance election transparency and eliminate intermediates in the electoral process.

The primaries are a straw vote upheld by United Russia for nominating party candidates at every level for the general elections. The decisions taken in the primaries are not certainly binding. In 2016, many candidates from United Russia who didn’t participate in the primaries ran in the general elections for the State Duma.

A month ago, the city council of Moscow, submitted a bill to use blockchain tech for an electronic voting system. The Moscow City Duma, a local parliament of the Russian capital, intends to protect the process and results of e-voting in the forthcoming elections via blockchain tech.

In December 2018, Saratov Oblast, a region in Southern Russia, performed a successful blockchain-based election with 40,000 participants. Participants voted to elect a member of the local Youth Parliament using the blockchain-based Electronic-polling system Polys, developed by Kaspersky Labs in 2017.