[size=52]Parliament adopts electronic voting[/size]
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Baghdad: Huda Al-Azzawi
The method of manual voting in the House of Representatives more than once has raised a controversy about its accuracy and the problems it has caused over the past years, reaching the corridors of the Federal Court. from this type.
The Director-General of the Information and Communications Technology Department in the House of Representatives, Majed Khader Ahmed, said in an interview, "There are no obstacles related to the work of the new electronic system, which is used for the first time in the hall since the previous system was lifted. With the representative’s electronic card (Page), the more options and features of verification and matching require more care in optimal use through the cards designated for the system, for example, if a card is used that is not designated for voting, the representative will not be able to use the mike assigned to him as well as confirm his presence.” Noting that "the system will be used to confirm attendance, as the deputy is considered absent in the electronic attendance schedule if he does not register on time."
And he indicated that “the purpose of the electronic voice and voting system is to adopt speed and high accuracy in confirming attendance and voting results, in addition to being a voice system to allow the request to speak through Mike in front of each deputy instead of manually fixing attendance and quorum, which takes longer time, while in the system It does not need more than 15 seconds,” noting that “the problem is not with the electronic side, but with the culture of use, and we can avoid these problems and reach the ideal state after several uses.”
He stressed that “this system is a qualitative addition, for example, and if we want to vote for an election or a poll for more than one round, one round will take between 15-30 seconds, while it needed from 45 minutes to about an hour, and that” the system It was lifted in special circumstances, and it was ready, but for the occurrence of the Corona pandemic 2019 and 2020 and the move to the large hall for the purpose of social distancing, it was stopped.”
In turn, a member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Representative Ahmed Al-Rubaie, stated in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “the attendance in the last session was in the electronic voting hall, and its purpose was not to vote, but rather the deputies received (the badges of the electronic system) to ensure that it worked in an experimental manner, so it is not We can record any objection regarding what took place in the session, as the vote was not approved because not all deputies received the assigned badges.”
And he indicated that "electronic counting blocks the way for disputes, some of which reached the Federal Court regarding the inaccuracy of manual counting, as it is accurate and puts an end to doubts about whether or not a quorum is complete."
For his part, the political affairs specialist, Dr. Haider Salman, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah", that "the electronic voting process will give the real number of those who voted for decisions or laws yes or no, and it will therefore reveal the size of attendance and voters and other issues of interest to the observer and public opinion." Concerning many laws, and banishing suspicions and confusion in every session in which voting is done by manual method, he called for “the adoption of the electronic system in this session, which is witnessing political conflicts that affected the work of the Council.”
Editing: Muhammad Al-Ansari
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