The eVotUM electronic voting system («eVotUM system»), is provided by the University of Minho («UM»), with headquarters in Largo do Paço, 4704-553 Braga, Portugal.
Using the eVotUM electronic voting system
Do not abuse the eVotUM system. For example, do not interfere with the system, or try to access it through methods other than the interface and instructions provided. You can use the eVotUM system only in accordance with the law, including the applicable electoral regulations. UM can suspend or stop providing the eVotUM system to the user, in case he does not comply with the terms or policies of use or if we are investigating a possible improper conduct.
Restricted access to the electronic voting system
To protect your access credentials, keep your password confidential. You are responsible for the activity performed on the eVotUM system, using your access credentials.
All the voting processes are governed by the respective electoral rules, subject to the provisions of Law no. 67/98 of the 26th of October - Personal Data Protection Law (that transposed into Portuguese law the Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 24th of October 1995, on the protection of individuals regarding the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data).
UM ensures that the computer system and software used for electronic voting in the eVotUM system, are properly ring-fenced, reliable, auditable and transparent, guaranteeing the uniqueness and universality of the votes, as well as their confidentiality, integrity and anonymity, ensuring the authenticity of the voter.
Rules for the use of the eVotUM System
- Once the electoral calendar is established and published, each voter should consult the provisional electoral rolls that were previously provided by the Electoral Commission on the electronic voting system.
- Within the time limit specified in the electoral rules, the interested parties may lodge a claim, through the electronic voting system, about the content of the provisional electronic electoral rolls, based on omission or improper entry.
- Claims are decided, within the time limit specified in the electoral rules, by the Electoral Commission.
- After the claims are decided, or in case there aren’t any, on expiry of the deadline set for this purpose, the final electronic electoral rolls are organised and published.
- The ballot is prepared by the Electoral Commission. It may be consulted in the electronic voting system and it is only possible to use it during the voting period.
- During the voting period, the voter must identify himself using the authentication credentials used to access UM’s Intranet.
- The voting system verifies that the person who wishes to vote is a validly registered voter.
- After the accreditation, each voter may select the election(s) on which he wishes to vote on.
- Once the election referred to in the previous paragraph is selected, each voter must choose the list/name he wishes to elect.
- Prior to the following step, the system will present the voter, for confirmation, the list/name chosen. In case the voter has chosen not to vote on any list/name, he will be informed that this option will be counted as a blank vote.
- Once validated, the voter must click “Votar” (Vote) - at this stage, and reinforcing the guarantees of authentication, the system will ask for a new accreditation which, as previously expressed by each voter, may be one of three: digital mobile key, SMS or e-mail.
- Up to this moment, at the option of the voter, the voting process can be cancelled.
- The voting process is concluded when a reference is displayed on the screen (also sent by e-mail).
- The reference mentioned in the previous paragraph allows each voter to confirm, at the end of the voting process, that his vote was counted.
- The vote is ciphered using the asymmetric encryption method and is automatically archived on the electronic voting platform, and its complete confidentiality and integrity are guaranteed.
Should it emerge that a particular term of use is not feasible, this shall not affect the remainder of these terms.
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