Nikolay Bulaev: “For the single voting day, we will develop mechanisms that will inspire the confidence of voters in the results of the elections”


On 29 May 2019 the Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia Nikolay Bulaev presented to the Commission a draft resolution “On the peculiarities of the organization of voting at digital polling stations in the city of Federal significance Moscow in the elections held on 8 September 2019.”

Nikolay Bulaev stressed that the project to create digital polling stations is based on the technology “Mobile voter”, tested and well-proven during the election campaigns of 2017-2018. In this regard, he noted that criticism about the possibility of manipulation or double voting during voting at digital polling stations is absolutely unfounded.

“The mechanism of “Mobile voter” allows us to guarantee a single vote of voters, there is no possibility to move unnoticed from one voter list to another," said the Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia.

In the basis of the Mobile terminal, a device for voting at a digital polling station, lies the technology of the complex for electronic voting, which, as explained by the Deputy Chairperson of the CEC of Russia, during its existence has not caused any complaints.

“Since 2010 more than two million citizens have voted through these devices. Over the past 3 years no complaints about their work have been received. The technology of voting through these complexes for electronic voting is tested and does not cause distrust of citizens,” said Nikolay Bulayev.

Thus, the digital polling station is a combination of two main elements: mobile voter mechanism and voting technology using a new Mobile terminal.

“We believe that the experiment is technically ready for implementation,” said Nikolay Bulaev.

Nikolay Bulaev informed that in mid-June the presentation of a set of equipment for the digital polling station will be held. After that it is planned to start training members of precinct election commissions involved in the organization of voting at digital polling stations.