Strasbourg, 5 November 2010
Third meeting to review developments in the field
Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg
National report on the implementation
Contribution by the Czech Republic
National report on the implementation of electronic voting in the Czech Republic
The regulation of e-voting is being discussed in a long term in the Czech Republic, whereas the main body responsible for e-voting is the Ministry of the Interior with cooperation of the Czech Statistical Office. The Ministry of the Interior started to prepare an e-voting project so that the pilot realisation could take place in 2012 (i.e. in the elections to 1/3 of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic) and fully introduced as of the elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic in 2014, as provided by the coalition agreement and by the Programme declaration of the Government of the Czech Republic.
As of 2007, the Ministry of the Interior dealt with the issues of introducing e-voting on meetings with the Czech Statistical Office; it particularly focused on collecting the relevant information about e-voting especially from other European countries which have practical experience with its application (e.g. Switzerland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Austria).
On 7 April 2008, a Memorandum on co-operation in the preparation of the conception, testing and realisation of the e-voting system in the Czech Republic was signed (hereinafter referred to as „Memorandum“) by the Minister of the Interior and by the President of the Czech Statistical Office.
Based on the Memorandum a joint project team of experts on the field of electoral law, information technologies and their safety and from related sectors was put together. This team was nominated by the Minister of the Interior and by the President of the Czech Statistical Office; external consultants were co-opted as well.
The project team prepared the conceptual base of e-voting and defined the solution options of electronic elections in the Czech Republic, and consequently elaborated the Material concept of electronic elections in the Czech Republic, which is based on the following material bases for introduction of e-voting and for realisation of the pilot project in the Czech Republic:
· in the first phase, e-voting shall be just an alternative to the traditional voting,
The elaboration of the Material concept of electronic elections in the Czech Republic was considered to be the conclusion of the first phase of the work on the preparation of e-voting in the Czech Republic.
The following second phase will be aimed on technical solution of the single steps necessary for the realisation of an electronic election. This will include, in particular:
Prague, 4 November 2010