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Moscow Student Council to Pilot Blockchain Voting in June


Per a recent report by Russian News agency TASS, Moscow Authorities are all set to launch blockchain-based e-voting in university student council elections in June 2019. The report further states that the project will be tested in due support of Moscow Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the Moscow City Election Commission (Mosgorizbirkom).

Only after the ruling is passed and the commission is satisfied, the DIT will reveal the project in public. In February, the city council of Moscow first presented the bill to use blockchain in e-voting system. The Russian Duma in late April cleared the bill allowing the state to carry out blockchain based e-voting.

As reported by CoinMarketFeed on 6th March, United Russia, the ruling party of the Russian Federation has recently launched a blockchain-based platform for electronic voting. The federation has allegedly launched an upgraded website with the added function of e-voting. Vyacheslav Sateyev, the IT Head further mentioned that the vote counting process will be implemented using distributed ledger technology.

Furthermore, only citizens who have completed the authorization process on the portal can participate and vote. The e-voting system has been built to improvise on election transparency and eliminate intermediaries in the electoral process.

The primaries hold deep-rooted significance in eyes of United Russia for nominating party candidates, at all levels for general elections. However, the decisions made in the primaries do not serve as a necessary binding. As a matter of fact, the number of candidates who didn’t participate in primaries ran in the general elections for the state of Duma.

Despite a positive outlook on blockchain, the crypto industry remains unregulated in the Russian Federation. The Russian President has set a deadline of July 1, 2019, for the same.

Last December, Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the council and chairman of the State Duma committee said that bill was pushed to the first reading stage as it needed dramatic improvements.

As reported by CoinMarketFeed, recently, Russia’s parliament voted to enact new digital rights legislation in October of this year. Purportedly, the law establishes the concept of “digital rights” in Russian legislation. It determines how digital rights can be exercised and transferred. In addition to establishing rules for digital transactions, including contracts.

On December 18th, Russia conducted a regional election via the blockchain based electronic polling system. More than 40, 000 participants in Saratov recorded their votes. The voting system named Polys has been developed by Kaspersky Lab in 2017.