Ruutel refuses to promulgate law on e-voting

  • 2005-06-23
TALLINN - President Arnold Ruutel has again refused to promulgate amendments to the Local Elections Act that set out the possibility of online voting, saying Parliament should debate the amendments against and bring them into conformity with the Constitution.

Ruutel pointed out that Parliament had not changed the provision of the law allowing voters casting their vote over the Internet to change their electronic vote an unlimited number of times during the period of advance voting.

The president said this contradicted the principle of uniformity of local elections as set out in Section 1 of Article 156 of the Constitution.

After the president had rejected the law for the first time, MPs on June 15 passed it with one amendment, under which electors will not be able to change their vote electronically on election day.