Russia Concludes its Blockchain-Powered Election Devoid of Technical Errors

The Russia's election took place successfully with the Central Election Commission confident in the security of the blockchain voting system.

By · Sep 16, 2020 . 5min read

As per Kommersant, the electronic remote voting system in the by-elections to the State Duma in the Yaroslavl and Kursk regions worked out without major technical failures. Maksut Shadayev, the Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation confirmed on Sunday. The Central Elections Commission exclaimed that it is inevitable that the blockchain system’s security is high. 

According to the post, after completing the voting process, the experts still doubt that the platform eliminates arbitrary changes in the voting results and ensures its secrecy. However, the voting process did not witness vital technical problems. However, there were some minor issues. One of the issues in the by-election was an issue with a user. The user tried accessing the platform with the help of an outdated web browser.

Russia’s Voting System Hosted on Rostelecom Servers

Various leading developers in the country are criticizing the platform. They allege that it is not a proper blockchain network. However, the primary reason behind their scrutinization is the fact that it hosts on the Rostelecom servers. For the uninformed, Rostelecom and the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications built the electronic voting system. 

The voting system was developed at the Central Election Commission’s request since the beginning of 2020. Additionally, Rostelecom finalized its electronic voting system by August 2020. The trial of the platform originated on August 31. However, remote electronic voting prepared in Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region used the Moscow system, which was first used in the Moscow City Duma elections in 2019.

Interestingly, the developers efficiently explained their views as the operator posted its source code on the GitHub repository. According to the developers, the platform displays data vulnerability problems. Additionally, some developers insist that it would be comparatively easy to tap voters’ identity. The developers are of the view that they can even find out how they had voted via the system. The developers elucidate that the algorithms employed in the platform’s cryptographic protection system were unreliable. 

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