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Jakarta Post

E-voting needs special precautions, judge says

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 15 2010   /  09:56 am

The threat of the unknown in using an electronic voting system in the parliamentary elections means special precautions must be taken to ensure the system is used effectively and complies with current voter rights, a German constitutional justice says.Rudolf Mellinghoff, a panelist in a conference of Asian Constitutional Court judges in Jakarta on Wednesday, said a study should be carried out to see if  an election using an e-voting mechanism would comply with the electoral principles under the constitutional law.This, he added, was “to ensure that there is no deficiency in the transfer of state authority to the representatives of the people, which is the first and most important element of the unbroken chain of legitimation from the people to the bodies and office-holders entrusted with state duties”.“The casting of votes in parliamentary elections is the essential element of...