Víctor Font, on behalf of Sí al futur, delivered this afternoon the software that will allow the use of electronic voting in the Club from now on. Accompanied by Víctor Hidalgo, an engineer from Scytl, the reference company in the promotion of electronic voting worldwide, Font has been received by the director of the Social Area of FC Barcelona, Pere Jansà, and by the director of information technologies (TIC) of the Club, Sergio Jerez. Electronic vote may be implemented in the elections to the presidency, including the collection of signatures of the candidates; it will allow the reform of the assembly of delegates to open it to the whole social mass and in some symbolic issues, such as the design of the jersey or the badge.
A reform of the Catalan Sports and Physical Activity Law is underway. At present it only allows the vote in-person in the election of directives and presidencies of sports clubs such as FC Barcelona. Sources of the Catalan General Secretariat of Sport anticipate that the next legislation will not restrict electronic voting in the sports world provided equality, freedom, universality, secrecy and transparency are guaranteed in the process. These same sources foresee that, if there is consensus in the sports sector, the new Catalan Sports and Physical Activity Law can be passed before the end of the year. This would enable the application of electronic voting, together with in-person voting, to the elections to the presidency of FC Barcelona scheduled for 2021, provided the Club’s statutes were so amended.
The software, a technological revolution
The software, which Sí al futur delivered this afternoon completely free of charge to the Club, will enable, for instance, the election of a new president through electronic voting in 2021. “There is no excuse for not implementing electronic voting and our project is committed to applying it if we govern the Club, but it would be a good legacy of the presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu to put it into operation right away”, said Víctor Font during the event to promote electronic vote organized by Sí al futur on 28 March.
At that time Font had already stressed that electronic voting was “a key tool in the transformation of the management model we promote”, as “it does not make any sense that a club like Barça with 140,000 owners and always linked to democracy should not take into account their opinion except when voting in elections every six years and in the assembly of delegates, if you are part of it”. In this sense, Sí al futur intends to apply the electronic vote in the elections to the presidency, including the collection of signatures of the candidates; the reform of the assembly of delegates to open it to the whole social mass, and in some symbolic issues, such as the design of the jersey and the badge. Víctor Font pointed out that “the commitment to electronic voting does not mean that the board of directors does not govern, but rather that it will listen to the opinion of the Club members, sometimes binding, before making certain decisions”. According to Font, the board of directors of Sí al futur will govern “from the knowledge, leaving room for action to executives and with electronic voting as a great ally to get to know what Barça members want.”
A safe and protected system that increases participation
Pere Vallès, president of Scytl, a leading company in the promotion of electronic voting worldwide, had already explained last March some of the basic characteristics of the electronic voting system: it can be carried out from any device connected to the Internet, it is “safe and reliable”, increases participation, guarantees the privacy of the voter and is protected from any kind of manipulation. “Each action is registered in an immutable way in some files that cannot be deleted or modified. This generates some mathematical evidence that shows that there has been no manipulation”, said Vallès.