The residents of Sierra Leone went to the polls on March 7 however this time one thing was totally different: the nation recorded votes at 70% of the polling to the blockchain utilizing a expertise that’s the first of its sort in precise observe.
The tech, created by Leonardo Gammar of Agora, anonymously saved votes in an immutable ledger, thereby providing immediate entry to the election outcomes.
“Anonymized votes/ballots are being recorded on Agora’s blockchain, which shall be publicly obtainable for any celebration to evaluate, rely and validate,” stated Gammar. “That is the primary time a authorities election is utilizing blockchain expertise.”
“Sierra Leone needs to create an surroundings of belief with the voters in a contentious election, particularly how the election shall be publicly seen post-election. By utilizing blockchain as a method to immutably document ballots and outcomes, the nation hopes to create legitimacy across the election and cut back fall-out from opposition events,” he stated.
Why is that this attention-grabbing? Whereas that is little greater than a proof of idea – it’s not an entire voting document however as a substitute captured a seemingly acceptable plurality of votes – it’s fascinating to see the expertise be carried out in Sierra Leone, a rustic of about 7.4 million folks. The purpose in the end is to scale back voting prices by chopping out paper ballots in addition to decreasing corruption within the voting course of.
Gammar, for his half, sees the worth of a decentralizes system.
“We’re the one firm on this planet that has constructed a fully-functional blockchain voting platform. Different digital voting machines are ‘block bins’ which were more and more proven to be weak to safety assaults. For that cause, many US states and international nations have been transferring again to paper,” he stated. “Should you consider that the majority international locations will use some type of digital voting 50 years from now, then blockchain is the one expertise that has been created which may present an end-to-end verifiable and fully-transparent voting answer for this future.”
One election in a single nation isn’t a motion – but. Nevertheless, Gammar and his workforce plan on increasing their product to different African international locations and, finally, to the remainder of the world.
As for the election it’s nonetheless unclear who received and there shall be a run-off election on March 27. The winner will succeed President Ernest Bai Koroma who has run the nation for a full decade.