Moscow authorities will reportedly test a blockchain-based electronic voting system scheduled for late June, according to local media outlet TASS.
Announced on Monday by the deputy head of the department of information technology (DIT) Artem Kostyrko, the test will be carried out during the university council elections and is intended to be a trial run of the eventual implementation of the e-voting system during the Mayoral elections coming up in September. As translated from the source, Kostyrko stated:
“WE PLAN TO DO A TEST VOTE IN SUMMER, AT THE END OF JUNE, UNTIL THE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS IS DETERMINED… AND WE ARE PLANNING TO COLLECT SOME FEEDBACK AND SEE WHAT CHANGES WILL HAVE TO BE MADE TO THE PROGRAM.”
According to Kostyrko, Moscow City Election Commission will also be involved in the process. The final technical details of the program will be sent to the Moscow Election Committee between 15 – 16 May for approval. Once the technical specifications are approved, coupled with the adoption of the draft law on electronic voting, the program will be made public for anyone to test.
Earlier in April, at its first reading – as a show of good faith in the promises of the technology – the state of Duma had adopted a draft law to experiment the electronic voting of the elections in September. The aim of the blockchain-enabled e-voting is to protect the process and the results. Although the e-voting system is touted as an alternative to the legacy system and not necessarily a replacement.
While the status of blockchain and cryptocurrency in the Russian Federation are still unregulated, Russia’s blockchain exploration continues with high expectations of leveraging every property of the distributed ledger. Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin in his address to the parliament had issued orders to facilitate the legal framework of the digital asset industry by 1 July.