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[liberationtech] Egyptian government to introduce e-voting system

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com
Wed Apr 6 14:24:44 PDT 2011


Alex Halderman from UMich/Princeton CITP has this to say about that report
(shared with his permission):

"It was recently reported that Egyptian officials have been reaching out to
India's election commission for guidance:
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-04-05/india/29383962_1_iidem-s-y-quraishi-evms

I wonder whether they'll adopt similar technology.  If they were to deploy
the same kind of machines that India uses, my chief concern would be their
vulnerability to centralized insider fraud.

(See my India EVM paper:
http://www.cse.umich.edu/~jhalderm/pub/papers/evm-ccs10.pdf )"

Best,
Rebecca

On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM, David Jandura <djandura at ifes.org> wrote:

> From Al-Masry Al Youm: <http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/389398>
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> *The Egyptian government is preparing to introduce an electronic voting
> system for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for September.
> Refaat Qemsan, head of the Interior Ministry's elections department, said
> the system will allow eligible citizens to vote by submitting their national
> identity card data online.  *
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> *At a forum held Tuesday in Cairo, Qemsan said current election laws only
> concern Egyptians residing in Egypt, adding that most expatriate Egyptians
> do not have Egyptian IDs. Qemsan called for including expatriate Egyptians
> in any new voting system. Maged Othman, minister of communications and
> information technology, said the country is ready to introduce an electronic
> system of voting in time for the parliamentary and presidential elections.
> However, observers believe Egyptian elections laws stand in the way of
> implementing such a system because they refer to paper voter lists and
> ballot boxes. Egyptian political parties and movements have said they would
> like the electronic system to first be piloted in club and syndicate
> elections before being implemented in national elections.*
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> E-voting can mean both automated machines or internet voting so I’m not
> sure what they are proposing here.  The expatriate aspect leads me to
> believe they mean internet voting, as unbelievable as that sounds. Has
> anybody heard any information on this?
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> Best,
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