STS Director presents IT system that prevents multiple voting

Special Telecommunications Service (STS) Director Marcel Opris has presented on Tuesday, within Parliament’s Electoral Code Commission, an IT system meant to prevent and combat the casting of multiple votes, a system based on the scanning of ID cards and the identification of Personal Numerical Codes, a system that could be applied on a wide scale during the local elections in 2016. He stated that such a system was introduced for the first time in 2010 at a college in District 4 and was tested during two partial elections.

The system consists of a computer and scanner in each voting centre. The scanner reads the last two lines of the ID card, which contain the Personal Numerical Code and the ID card’s expiration date. The data is introduced in a database, at which point it is considered that the voter has cast the vote. The introduction of the same data in a different voting centre means a potential fraud has been detected, the STS official explained. The Head of STS explained to the members of the Electoral Code Commission that these applications are protected and the data is encrypted and cannot be visualized by non-authorized persons. Opris pointed out that areas with no internet connection can resort to alternative methods such as SMSs or call centres.

The Parliament’s Electoral Code Commission has finalized the local elections, political parties and party financing laws, and will start to debate the parliamentary elections law next week.


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