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After the resignation of Ed Miliband, the British Labour Party will elect a new party chairman in late summer. Labour is also utilising an online voting system for this internal party elections.

Along with party chairman, the British Labour Party is also electing his or her deputy. The nominations of the candidates for both positions have been ongoing since yesterday. The actual elections will be taking place between 14 August and 10 September. The voters have the option to cast their vote online.

The Labour Party’s guidelines for internal elections stipulate that the voter is provided the option of a postal vote or an online voting procedure. Each voter is able to vote once (“one member one vote” system). The results of the election will be announced on 12 September 2015.

As the blog WebRootsDemocracy reports, the Labour Party is not the only party in Great Britain using online voting for its internal elections. After the independence referendum in 2014, the Scottish National Party also introduced an online voting procedure for the election of its new deputy chairman.

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