Well, if you thought blockchain was still too complicated a technology to be used in conventional day to day activities, think again. Last week, Sierra Leone had its Presidential election. That alone is not particularly exciting news, but the exciting part about this election was the fact that blockchain technology was used to verify voting results.
Excellent Results in Sampled Region
Even though the technology was not used throughout the country, it still sent a message to all and sundry that indeed it is taking over. After making notable strides on the business front, blockchain is now getting its feet wet in the political sphere. The blockchain-verified voting that was put to use in Sierra Leone is the boldest move yet and a clear indication that a revolution is in the offing.
The Election Results
Notably, Agora, a Swiss-based blockchain was the brains behind the voting process as an overseer. After the whole voting process was through, around 400,00 ballots were entered manually into Agora’s blockchain. According to the data from Agora, the final results for the region sampled showed that Samura Kamara of APC had won, with 54 percent of the vote, followed by Julius Bio of SLPP who came in with 32.5 percent of the vote.
While commenting on how the voting process went, Leonardo Gammar, the CEO at Agora, reckoned that he was pleased with how efficient the process was, and he exuded confidence about future possibilities. He said:
I strongly believe that this election is the beginning of a much larger blockchain voting movement.
Blockchain Already Used in Other Elections
However, it should be noted that this is not the first time that blockchain is being used in an election. As part of its voting system dubbed Active Citizen, Moscow utilizes blockchain, whereby residents get the chance to vote on matters regarding the city. Similarly, Brazil also seems to have embraced the technology in helping citizens verify and sign popular opinions.
According to proponents of the technology, this trend will help reduce cases of fraud, thus leading to free and fair elections. Whether this will hold true to the latter or not remains to be seen.
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