Back to 'show of hands'

  • 2000-08-17
TALLINN (BNS) - Voting during the extraordinary session of the Estonian parliament on Aug. 14 was by a show of hands because of work on the electronic voting system.

It has been a long time since voting in the Estonian parliament was by hands, thanks to an electronic voting system installed years ago.

Tonu Rohtma, deputy head of Parliament's office of information systems and technical department, told BNS that the present project is part of the development of the IT system, and its main aim is to link the voting system with Parliament's information system.

"The present system is based on an antiquated system, and it would be very difficult to make it compatible with Parliament's information system," Rohtma said.

Renewal of Parliament's voting system will cost 978,000 kroons ($56,500). The work must be completed by Aug. 18.