Code for Democracy: ‘Land of Smiles’ implementing Blockchain for e-voting

National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, a Thailand government agency has developed a blockchain solution for e-voting, the Bangkok Post reported on Jan 2.

Thailand is about to leverage blockchain technology for elections, with a hybrid model that combines e-voting in close groups and traditional voting, as Thais still need time to build up digital literacy. When 5G is eventually adopted, all votes will be connected with the new technology.

Chalee Vorakulpipat, head of the cybersecurity laboratory at NECTEC, said:

“Nectec developed blockchain technology for e-voting that can be applied to national, provincial or community elections, as well as business votes such as the Board of Directors. The goal is to reduce fraud and maintain data integrity.”

He further added:

“For large-scale implementation, such as for general elections, the agency will require more time as every voter needs to have an affordable mobile internet connection and identity verification.”

According to Chalee, blockchain voting could be deployed in the short term in a closed environment. The reason behind this is that there is not much awareness of digital literacy and it is not feasible to suddenly change the entire election system.

For example, Thais living abroad could go to an embassy or consulate to vote and verify their identities. Hence, the system could be trialled in smaller elections at organizations like universities, provinces and committee boards.

There are several countries in the world which are still far away from legitimate and fair voting practice. It will take time to ensure that each voter has access to a mobile internet connection and identity verification. However, blockchain-based e-voting has the potential to make elections faster, cheaper and more secure.

South Korea has already begun attempts to develop a blockchain online voting platform. The online system is supported by Korean Fintech startup Blocko, by making using the technology of smart contracts to facilitate the voting process.

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