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    CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION TO DISCARD PART OF PAPER BALLOTS BY 2007

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 2 (RIA NOVOSTI) - The Central Election Commission deems it necessary to start developing electronic-sensor voting machines.

    We intend to develop such electronic-sensor voting machines, so that the population of some Russian regions could discard paper ballots by 2007, the Central Election Commission's Chairman Alexander Veshnyakov said today; Mr. Veshnyakov made this revelation at the concluding session of the Russian Communications Ministry's board.

    In his opinion, cell phone voting systems can be used, as well. Our R&D projects should not lag behind those in other countries; we must cooperate with the Communications Ministry in this sphere, Mr. Veshnyakov noted.

    Mr. Veshnyakov also reminded those present that the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, as well as the Communications Ministry, had been ordered to submit their individual-registration concept to the government for consideration by May 15. In this connection, he noted that some organizational and technical problems existed in this field. The Central Election Commission suggests that the Communications Ministry analyze the relevant voter-registration experience, and that a system for registering all Russian citizens in the interests of all ministries and departments be jointly developed.

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