Verkhovna Rada voting system integrity

January 11, 2016

The 11th January sees the return of the Ukrainian parliamentarians to the Verkhovna Rada following their festive jollies.


The 10th January saw the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Groisman, entertaining several hundred school children at the parliament building – an experience that included the chance to take a vote in the chamber.

Indeed 250 votes were indeed cast by the future generation of Ukraine, duly registered upon the Verkhovna Rada system.

All very good fun and interesting for the children – and also somewhat interesting for cynical observers too.


It is interesting because the voting system technically is supposed to be unable to work without the MPs voting card being inserted into the control panel – hence the historical outcry every time when an MPs voting card is used but the MP is not actually present during a vote.

As intelligent and generally decent as Mr Groisman is, he does not seem the type to know how to play about with the technical workings of the voting system.  How then were 250 votes cast and registered upon the Verkhovna Rada system, when the only voting card in the voting chamber at the time would have been that of Mr Groisman – if he had it in his possession?

Perhaps a technical test to insure the electronic voting system is working correctly before any other legislative voting occurs would be in order?  After all, one way or another 250 votes have managed to be cast and registered on the system without a single e-voting card being used – somehow.

Some technical prudence to insure system integrity would seem in order – given the otherwise almost complete absence of any other type of integrity within the Verkhovna Rada building.

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