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[liberationtech] Egyptian government to introduce e-voting system

Pranesh Prakash pranesh at cis-india.org
Wed Apr 6 15:56:10 PDT 2011


Dear Sheila,
It's a public paper, and it was recently discussed in passing on this 
very list.  I also think the conclusion is a bit disingenuous when it 
suggests that paper ballots might actually be better suited to a 
developing country with a large population (while I agree that a paper 
audit trail would improve the system).

Cheers,
Pranesh

On Thursday 07 April 2011 04:22 AM, Sheila Parks wrote:
> Is this paper from Haldermann a published paper? And can I repost it
> also, or is it just you, Rebecca that has permission?
>
> Also, I cannot find a date on it? Am I not seeing it? Do you know the date?
>
> Thx so much
>
> Sheila
>
> At 05:24 PM 4/6/2011, Rebecca MacKinnon wrote:
>> 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>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/%7Ejhalderm/pub/papers/evm-ccs10.pdf>http://www.cse.umich.edu/~jhalderm/pub/papers/evm-ccs10.pdf
>> )"
>>
>> Best,
>> Rebecca
>>
>> On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM, David Jandura
>> <<mailto:djandura at ifes.org>djandura at ifes.org> wrote:
>>
>> From <http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/389398>Al-Masry Al Youm:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 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?
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Best,
>>
>>
>>
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Pranesh Prakash
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