Blockchain technology is gradually becoming popular in different aspects of life. From one industry to the other, the application of blockchain is making life easier and businesses more productive. Recently, governments have been implementing blockchain in e-voting systems. This eliminates the need for the voter to be physically present during the election thus reducing the ballot queues and other inconveniences attached to voting.
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Recently, Ismael Peña-López, the director of Catalan’s government citizen participation council said that the government is seriously considering integrating blockchain technology to its current community voting system. This is according to the reports recorded on Spanish daily yesterday.
The first time this issue was in the news was last month when the Generalitat of Catalonia approved a bill for establishing an electronic voting system that will be beneficial to its residents abroad during major elections and any other voting process that may be required in the community. The system will be implemented in the year 2020. It will allow all citizens, not just those who stay outside the state, the power to vote remotely. Peña-López, isn’t just the director of the Catalan’s government citizen participation council, he is also a law and Political Science professor at the Open University of Catalonia.
While implementing blockchain in the state’s e-voting system is still being considered, the Generalitat are yet to make the final decision. Peña-López said:
“Using blockchain is an interesting option. The Generalitat are yet to make a commitment regarding the implementation of blockchain technology. They are still exploring the options they have available before they will make the final decision”.
According to the director, irrespective of which technology the government decides to implement in its electronic voting system, trust will be an important component. He continued:
“It’s all about awareness, the government is more concerned about trust than trade. I think we will be able to convince people of the reliability of the technology”.
In July, the Catalonia government revealed its plans for the deployment of blockchain technology within its public administration processes. The idea is to use the blockchain to improve its digital services to the people”.
Since the year 1922, the Catalan community has been fighting to gain independence from the Spanish government. In 2017, it’s Parliament declared that the community is now independent from Spain. This was after a long and controversial referendum.
Last month, EI Confidencial, a Spanish news agency, reported that the ex-president of Catalan, Carles Puigdemont made a request for cryptocurrency donations from the public. He reportedly wanted to use these donations to cover up the government’s financial support to politicians.
El Mundo, another daily Spanish newspaper reported that the Carles Puigdemont administration used Bitcoins to promote its fight for independence from Spain.
This isn’t the first interest an electoral community has shown in blockchain. Not too long ago, West Virginia implemented blockchain technology in e-voting. Using a mobile blockchain app know as Voatz, up to 150 non-resident West Virginians were able to participate in the election remotely. However, there are still many experts who believe that blockchain technology isn’t going to solve the problems in the voting system. Some others say that voting is too important to be left on the blockchain.