Yabloko political party
The Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko is in favour of a socially oriented market economy, equal opportunities, the inviolability of private property, competition in politics and economy, the strengthening of democratic institutions, and the rule of law. The party comprises over 28,000 members in total, has 76 regional branches and, over 600 local organizations.
Yabloko party primaries to select a candidate for Moscow mayor
Elections were held over six days and included 58 votes, 21 candidates, and 3,200 voters.
Online election with Polys
Traditional voting would not have been capable of providing a representative vote over the five days of voting. It certainly wouldn’t have offered a convenient way to vote for those who couldn’t attend the event. Therefore, it was decided to conduct online voting on the Polys platform.
The debates lasted 11 hours a day and were broadcast over the internet. The main goal of online voting with Polys was to enable every voter to support a candidate at any time during the primaries over the five days.
If traditional paper-based voting had been used, it would have been necessary to print out and manually count the ballot papers for 58 separate votes. If two-three were people responsible for organizing the elections, printing and counting would most probably have taken an average of 1 hour for each vote, meaning approximately 145 man-hours were saved.
The Polys online voting system made it possible to carry out an important party procedure at a perfectly decent level without the need for complex organization and additional investments.