President Kersti Kaljulaid, speaker of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor (SDE) and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) should explain the safety of e-elections to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite during her visit to Estonia next week, chairman of the parliamentary e-Estonia support group Tanel Talve (SDE) said.
"I can't imagine that any of these meetings could take place without touching upon the topic of e-elections because Grybauskaite has told the public how e-elections seem untrustworthy, that they don't offer anonymity and security. It is sad that an important ally of ours is misinformed, but it is a good thing that she will arrive on a visit to Estonia because here she can be informed," Talve was quoted by spokespeople as saying.
Talve was referring to Grybauskaite's interview published in Thursday's Postimees, where the Lithuanian head of state said that although she is not taking a stand regarding Estonia's e-elections, she thinks that e-elections pose a threat to national security.
"Countries that have abandoned e-elections due to security reasons haven't been able to create a secure infrastructure, a remote identification method widely used in the society. Estonia has done it, the ID-card and Mobile ID are available and secure for our voters. Eight e-elections have taken place in Estonia so far, and no serious security incidents have been recorded," Talve said.
Grybauskaite is to visit Estonia on June 5-6.
The topics to be discussed at meetings with Estonia's leaders are bilateral relations, strengthening security and self-defense of countries, the deterrence policy, carrying out strategic and transport projects, and pressing matters concerning the EU.
Editor: Dario Cavegn