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Experiment on electronic interrogation of voters with mobile phone use has passed successfully

March 1st, 2009. Uniform day of voting during elections of deputies of Legislative Assembly of Vladimir region. On four polling districts of Vladimir region have passed elections in regional Legislative Assembly. During elections passed experiment on electronic interrogation of voters in Raduzhniy town with use of a mobile phone of standard GSM.

Experiment on electronic interrogation of voters was spent by election committee of Vladimir region, territorial election committee of Raduzhniy town with methodical and organizational-technical assistance of the Russian centre of training to selective technologies at the Central Electoral Committee of Russia and the Federal centre of information at the Central Electoral Committee of Russia.

Experiment on electronic interrogation of voters was spent on four polling districts (№ № 496, 498, 499, 501), located in comprehensive schools № 1 and 2. In experiment could take part 9949 voters attached to corresponding polling districts.

Studying of readiness of citizens to use of new means during elections was the purpose of carrying out of experiment.

By the invitation of the Central Electoral Committee of Russia the representative of our organisation Alexey Barihin and the deputy of the European parliament participated in supervision over experiment on electronic interrogation of voters with mobile phone use from Poland Silvester Chruszcz.

They have visited at schools № 1 and № 2 four polling districts (496, 498, 499, 501) where have familiarised with an experiment course. Observers have drawn following conclusions.

Voters could take part in electronic interrogation both by means of own phones, and by means of phones given by organizers. In some cases the special program for SMS voting managed to be established on all models of phones, in particular, it was established on phone of our observer.

For carrying out of electronic interrogation groups of experts of employees regional and territorial election committees have been generated, and also volunteers — pupils of local schools were involved. Advisers and volunteers after an exit from polling district explained and specified to all of them details of experiment and invited to participation in it. Advisers and volunteers especially focused attention that interrogation has experimental character as has no validity. Then operators loaded the software into a mobile phone of the voter by means of technology Bluetooth or gave specially allocated for this purpose to Election committee of Vladimir region phones.

After departure SMS on short number of the operator of a mobile communication on phone of the voter the special sms, unblocking the software for participation in electronic interrogation came, and the voter could (to start a corresponding program application. On the mobile phone screen the electronic bulletin with which help the voter made a corresponding choice was displayed. After sending SMS the voter received acknowledgement on the successful account of its voice.

After end of survey of polling districts there has passed press conference. Questions of journalists were answered a member of the Central Electoral Committee of Russia with Elvira Ermakova, the head of department of public relations and the information of the Central Electoral Committee of Russia Ivan Mostovich, the chief of department of development Government Authomatic System "Elections" and means of electronic voting of the Federal centre of information at the Central Electoral Committee of Russia Maxim Ponomarenko, the vice-governor of Vladimir region Sergey Kvasnikov, the chairman of Election committee of Vladimir region Vladimir Komatovsky, the head of Raduzhniy town Sergey Najduhov. Journalists had possibility to get acquainted with the first impressions of the deputy of European Parliament Silvestrer Chruczsz which has noted advantages of electronic interrogation of voters and potential lacks of similar system.

«It is very interesting experiment. It is convinced that in the remote prospect behind it the future at voting in the various countries. In the future time we will vote too by phone. Such experiments are in Europe. In Poland we only speak with academicians at conferences, but at you this experiment already goes», — Mr. Chruczsz has told to journalists.

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