Blockchain To Secure Vote And Improve Elections’ Transparency
With a new round of elections approaching this year in Pakistan, use of technology has become a point of discussion due to transparency. Technology helps citizens learn about candidates along with electoral and voting system and how technology can help make elections transparent and their votes secure. And out of all, blockchain is the most talked about technology.
Around the world, elections have always been subject to scrutiny due to corruption so, electoral officials look for tech solution. It is not wrong to say that blockchain can pave the way of fair elections in near future. Few countries have begun experimenting with the blockchain application that offers immutable records, transparency and security. The ball has started rolling, as elections through blockchain made significant progress.
Voting Through Blockchain In Virginia
Blockchain has been recently used in the public sector when West Virginia became the first American State to utilize blockchain technology for internet voting in primary elections. Though the voter participation through this platform was estimated to be small but the plan was to test the technology in a pilot project. It was undertaken as an assignment with no administration plans to implement it at a large scale yet.
What Does Blockchain Offer Here?
On the contrary, experts believe that using a decentralized technology for electoral purpose should not be limited to the experimental stage only but we must look for preparing a tried, tested and safe mobile voting interface that can eliminate fraud, and identity theft chance while boosting voter turnout. When the citizens will be able to vote through internet, it can make it more convenient for them to vote irrespective of the location, distance and time.
Moreover, blockchain technology can help cut down the election cost, when the administration does not have to print paper ballots. It can also help election commission streamline the electoral process, save the record, maintain the transparency, count the votes and make sure that all the votes are recorded and counted.
Through technological advancement, elections can become more transparent such as, a voter’s identity needs to be verified before casting vote on a mobile device. Biometric devices such as thumbprint scanner can be used to verify the voter’s identity and only after confirmation, he/she will be allowed to vote. Every new vote becomes part of the chain, which can be recorded on a public ledger – while maintaining the anonymity of the voters.
Blockchain can revolutionize the voting and election system and the system can further be streamlined by using open source blockchain voting platforms. Experts opine that an open-source system is imperative to eliminate rigging and have a fool-proof election.