Former Tallinn mayor: Ballot boxes 'costly relic' in elections ({{commentsTotal}})

A ballot box being emptied in order to tally votes in Riigikogu elections in Pärnu County. March 2011. Source: (Urmas Luik/Pärnu Postimees)

Businessman and former mayor of Tallinn Tõnis Palts found that ballot boxes are a costly relic in elections and that those unable to do their civic duty online should not have a say in shaping the country's future either.

"So-called ballot box voting should be abandoned as a clumsy and costly relic," Palts wrote on social media. "A person who cannot cope with e-voting is likely not competent enough to have a say in making decisions that determine the future of the country."

Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski, chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDE), spoke up for electronic voting last week as well.

"E-elections are a secure and convenient way for all Estonians to do their civic duty and calls to do away with e-elections are simply ridiculous," Ossinovski said on social media. He did add, however, that the online voting period should be shortened in order to strengthen the principles of democracy.

"It is essential to create a technical solution so that votes cn be cast electronically on election day as well in order to protect the uniformity of elections and voter equality," Ossinovski continued. "This would make our excellent e-election system even more convenient."

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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