The upcoming electoral reforms seem to largely rely on the utilization of electronic means. Despite the fact that the draft text on the reforms has yet to be published, its authors are assuming that the introduction of certain electronic components into the voting system in Armenia will solve most of the existing problems and guarantee free and fair elections. However, as proven by both international and Armenian experiences, electronic voting cannot be considered a panacea and can only solve very narrow issues at best. Most of the time, the introduction of certain electronic components in the voting system brings on new problems and difficulties, as has been the case with the introduction of internet voting in Armenia after 2011.
This seminar, led by Hamazasp Danielyan, an assistant professor at Yerevan State University, will present the results of a study evaluating the existing internet voting regulation and implementation in Armenia, specifically concentrating on three main aspects: the presentation of the problem for which internet voting was introduced as a solution by allowing certain categories of voters to cast their ballot while residing abroad; the description of the main features of the adopted internet voting system and their shortcomings; and the impact of this innovation on voting behavior and practices. The study is based on the analysis of legal regulations and interviews with individuals who had the right to participate in internet voting.
Organizer: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: +374 60 69 40 40
Venue: 113W, Paramaz Avedisian Building