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e-voting on the internet is a relatively new technology. Few countries have tried it out in legally binding elections and votes. On the European continent, apart from Switzerland, only Norway, Estonia and most recently France have piloted systems.
The pioneering character of the project means that few applicable best practices are available from other countries. This makes international networking all the more important.
e-voting is being discussed at an international level by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe adopted recommendations on e-voting in 2004. It published additional guidelines on transparency and the certification of the e-voting system in 2010. The OSCE is planning various activities related to e-voting. Other organisations are also holding conferences and workshops on the topic.
The Federal Chancellery's Political Rights Section and its ‘vote électronique' project team are working with international bodies to contribute Swiss experiences to discussions. They are taking part in international conferences and cultivating exchanges with other countries conducting or planning pilot schemes.
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