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Moscow Student Councils Plan to Pilot Blockchain E-Voting In June

Russian New Agency (TASS) Reports on May 6th that the Moscow Authorities were planning to come up with an experimental trial of blockchain-based electronic voting in late June 2019 in University Student Council elections.

This experiment was done in preparation for the main upcoming city’s mayoral elections. The study was conducted by the Moscow Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the Moscow City Election Commission (Mosgorizbrkom).

Artem Kostyrko stated that the Department of Information Technology will announce in public when the program will start operating once the commission approves the précised requirements. He also added that the experimental programme of using blockchain based voting system will be approved in mid-MAY at Mosizbirkom.

The Moscow City Duma plans to keep the experimental results of e-voting programme safe and secure using the blockchain technology. The City Council of Moscow had early in February submitted a bill that started to use distributed ledger technology in voting. The Russian Duma passed a bill in late April, Permiting the Moscow City Duma to use the electronic voting system on Sept.8. Elections.

The electronic voting process that uses the blockchain technology had been set in motion in the month of March by the United Russia which is the ruling party of the Russian Federation.

President Vladimir Putin, the Russian President set a deadline on July 1, 2019 for the state to embrace the use of blockchain in electronic voting. Before, the blockchain technology and the crypto industry were not regulated by the Russian government and now the government had to intervene in the process for efficiency and transparency.

The Russian government use of Blockchain electronic voting in Moscow Students election council was a short-term preliminary study to evaluate feasibility, time, cost, adverse events, prior to the main upcoming state elections that will also help learn how the process will work in practice when time for state elections arrives.

Similarly, Cointelegraph reported last week about the government of Singapore launching the blockchain technology in the new project of Digital OpenCerts for the new graduates from 18 Singaporean educational institutions in the year 2019.

The government of Singapore used blockchain technology to issue Digital OpenCerts because this was to make different companies or employers to detect the original and the fake certificates by using encryption techniques which makes information safe, secure and permanent and cannot be altered or tampered with.