The Finnish Government has adopted the objective of allowing voters to cast their votes electronically in all general elections.
The Ministry of Justice reveals in a press release that it will appoint a task force to assess the cost and technical implementation of an electronic voting system and its ramifications for the election system in accordance with the decision of the Government.
“The Government intends to carefully look into the possibility of introducing electronic voting in general elections. The matter is associated with both advantages and disadvantages. It is good to examine online voting as a means to promote democracy ahead of the one-hundredth anniversary of Finland,” says Jari Lindström (PS), the Minister of Justice and Employment.
The task force is expected to conclude its preparatory work by the end of next year.
General elections include the municipal, parliamentary and presidential elections, the elections to the European Parliament, and the planned provincial elections. Voters in indicative referendums will also be allowed to cast their votes online, according to the Ministry of Justice.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi