Russia will use a blockchain-based voting system for the next presidential elections, according to the Central Election Commission’s head, Ella Pamfilova. RT, Russian news channel, reported Pamfilova’s statement from her interview with a radio station last week. She explained that the technology already exists, which is why it will be easily implemented in 2024. Since, blockchain technology provides a secure, transparent and permanent ledger network, voting will become fair. Rigging, hacking or forging documents will become impossible through this approach.
“I will discuss this issue with the president … there is a public demand for it. We have refurbished everything we could before the latest election, but now as the election is over we have to act preemptively. I want to make a system that has no analogue, a system based on blockchain. This is my ambition.”
Vladimir Putin won this year’s election once again, earning more than 76% of the vote. He became the President of Russia in 2000 for the first time, and has been re-elected four times since then. However, videos and images from polling stations this year showed that voters were adding extra ballot papers in the boxes. Some videos even showed that balloons were used to cover the CCTV cameras and distractions were created to hide these activities.
VTSIOM, Russian Public Opinion Research Center, used blockchain technology to collect exit polls and posted their findings prior to Putin’s victory. The results showed that 73.9% of the votes belonged to Putin while 11.2% went to Communist party candidate, Pavel Grudinin. VTSIOM’s general director, Valery Fyodorov, said that when they were using traditional systems, they had to close their operations due to DDoS attacks and other hacking attempts. But using blockchain technology “prevented any external changes to the collected data, decreased the effectiveness of hack attacks and ensured the transparency of the data collection and aggregation.”