Ukraine Election Official Tests NEM’s Blockchain for Voting

An official of Ukraine’s electoral body is having a feel of blockchain-based elections.  Oleksandr Stelmakh, who is a member of Ukraine’s Central Election Commission took to Facebook to comment on the progress of his blockchain voting experience which he started last month.

Back in July, Stelmakh launched a trial of the voting process on the NEM blockchain and called on his friends on Facebook to participate in the test vote. In the July post, he stated that the set up was created in partnership with the Ukrainian branch of the NEM Foundation.

In his latest post, Stelmakh gave a more detailed description of the voting trials and also an update on the progress of the tests. He wrote:

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“It must be noted that the experiment was held in the test environment of the blockchain NEM and for the transactions used by the test coins that were kindly given the representative of the NEM Foundation in Ukraine, Anton Bosenko. The blockchain test environment has 28 nodes. “

He also hailed the characteristics of blockchain which makes it effective for voting processes.

“One of the basic useful properties of the blockchain is the impossibility of making changes to the saved information […] these are the properties we tried to use to save the information of the local ballot sessions.”

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He also considered the cost of adopting the blockchain voting system. From the result of the trial, Stelmakh estimated that it would cost $1,227 to place a node for voting in each police station. “It is a small price to be paid”, the official remarked.

The blockchain voting test, which is still ongoing, is in line with various other efforts to leverage on the immutability and transparency that blockchain provides for elections. The US state of Virginia is the latest to consider a blockchain-enable voting process, as it plans to allow voters overseas to use smartphones to vote through over blockchain network. Even more progress has been made in internal voting where board members and shareholders of a company can vote on company decisions over a blockchain network.

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