Just last week Estonia predicted critical cyberattacks in the 2019 European elections while European Commissioner Julian King warned of the malicious use of social media to influence election outcomes.
Luxembourg says it feels prepared for the worst, thanks largely to the fact it does not use electronic voting.
Responding to a parliamentary question from MP Laurent Mosar (CSV), prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) wrote that the results would be sent from each polling station to a central government office via a secure IT system developed by State-run IT technology offices the CTIE.
“These IT systems are state-of-the-art in terms of security. The correct functioning of the systems is monitored and supported by State officers on the day,” the minister wrote.
He further added that these results sent via IT systems were not considered official. “The official results are to be announced by the main polling stations of each region based on the voting ballots placed in the urns,” he explained.
With regard to the dissemination of false information designed to influence voters’ decisions, the minister said there the law covers anything published that is deemed of a defamatory nature.
Work in the European Parliament’s eighth term ends on 18 April 2019. After which a direct vote involving citizens from 27 EU member states will take place on 23-26 May. Click here to find out if you are eligible to vote in Luxembourg.