National Electoral Committee: e-voting will take place

06.09.2017


At today’s sitting of the National Electoral Committee of Estonia, experts were heard, and it was decided that e-voting at the local elections will take place according to the law and as planned.

Yesterday, the Information System Authority of Estonia informed the public of the potential security risk which affects the ID cards issued in Estonia after October 2014. Pursuant to the law, the National Electoral Committee therefore had to decide whether it was secure to conduct the e-voting.

“The main argument for continuing with e-voting pursuant to the law is the fact that no actual security hole has been found, the whole issue relating to the ID card chip is hypothetical,” Chairman of the National Electoral Committee Meelis Eerik said. “The second basis for our decision is the affirmation of the Information System Authority that the ID card is secure in the Republic of Estonia, and can be used in all e-services. We cannot detach ourselves from the rest of the country,” Eerik said.

Director General Taimar Peterkop, Chief Research Officer Liisa Past and Head of the Security Research and Development Department Kaur Virunurm from the Information System Authority participated in the sitting and gave an overview of the situation.

“At the same time, I would like to underline that nothing is hewn in stone: if we get additional information in the coming weeks or new knowledge about real danger, the National Electoral Committee can come together again and make a new decision,” Eerik added.

Advance voting and e-voting at the local government councils elections will start on 5 October, the election day is on 15 October.