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Virtual voting begins in Parliament with debut of phone app

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Members of Parliament are set to start voting on bills and motions using their mobile devices.

The debut of a mobile voting app is the latest adaptation of the parliamentary process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It comes nearly a year since Parliament shut its doors as part of the national lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Commons remained fully closed for nearly a month before the parties were able to agree on a path forward that would keep people safe and ensure the government was still working.

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Now, the House of Commons sits in a hybrid format that allows MPs to either attend in person or log-in via the video application Zoom.

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Work on an app to make the voting process easier remotely has been underway for months and is now ready for use, potentially as early as Monday.

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