Rus News Journal

About work GAS Elections

the System has worked almost without failures

The day before yesterday representatives of firm Compaq - one of the basic suppliers of computer technics for GAS Elections - have told to journalists about results of work of this system on elections in the State Duma on December, 17th. According to developers GAS, in December the system has coped with tasks in view and became an additional guarantee from abusings at counting of votes.

the State automated system Elections yet has not passed official acceptance is will occur only in March. Therefore on December elections the system was maintained in a trial mode.
GAS Elections totals more than 2400 computer complexes in the territorial and district commissions. In the middle of 1995 Compaq has put about 7 thousand Computers which have been placed in all territory of Russia, except the Chechen Republic and Kalmykia. Delivery of computers in remote regions occurred in difficult conditions - helicopter, the car, and at times and sledge. Therefore, according to managers Compaq, 0,5 % of refusals of technics at inclusion - quite comprehensible result.
at counting of votes of obvious failures of system it was not observed. Under the available data, in 5 - 6 regions employees of electoral committees have not completely coped with system operation - representatives of the company - the manufacturer believe that it is caused by an experience lack. The preliminary results of the elections which have been counted up by means of computers, have appeared are rather close to the definitive.
while GAS Elections covers only levels of territorial, district election committees and the Central Electoral Commission. In separate polling districts counting of votes is made manually. According to developers, at this stage of elections abusings basically are possible.
Further the report with counting of votes is entered into the computer, members of the local commission undersign on listings - and the site data gets to the general database. On belief of founders GAS after that to correct the entered data it is already impossible, as they appear are protected by a special code.
in opinion of some experts, any coding - good protection against burglars - fans, but it not always can resist to the professionals armed with powerful technics. However time lack (results of elections appear through few days after their carrying out) will be an additional hindrance for any, wishing to deform results of national will.
soon the system should be accepted in operation and is used on presidential elections of Russia in June. Besides, its separate parts will be involved at regional and municipal elections.
However as representatives of the Central Electoral Commission time and again specified, high-grade application GAS Elections it is impossible without current legislation change. Under the existing law About the basic guarantees of suffrages of citizens of the Russian Federation results of elections are established on the basis of original reports of election committees. About electronic copies of reports in the law is not present words - hence, before its change to consider voices it is necessary manually.
ALEXANDER - KONDRATYEV