Lithuania may not be able to roll out e-voting in time for general election – CEC chief

  • 2020-07-09
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) will draw a plan on the rollout of online voting for the Lithuanians living abroad but the panel’s chair, Laura Matjosaityte, doubts that it will be implemented in time for the upcoming general election.

“We have discussed legal regulation pertaining to the legalization of online voting for those who cast their ballots abroad in cases where diplomatic representations cannot organize live voting, also for those who are in self-isolation, and we all have agreed that there is very little time for getting ready for high quality solutions,” she told BNS.

The Commission on Thursday organized a discussion on possibilities to create an online voting system, as established in the legislative amendments recently passed by the Seimas, in time for the upcoming general election. Participants of the discussion included representatives of the president’s office, the office of the government, the ministry of justice and the cyber security center.

According to Matjosaityte, it is difficult to tell whether it may still be possible to roll out online voting in time for the election in October.

The Commission would launch respective procedures but it would postpone the rollout of such a system if it were to find out that the system was unable to ensure the necessary level of security, she added.

On June 30, the Lithuanian parliament adopted amendments to the Law on Elections to the Seimas allowing the country’s voters staying abroad or in self-isolation in Lithuania to vote online in elections during the pandemic.

Lithuania will hold a general election on October 11.