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Will Thailand Vote on the Blockchain?

January 3, 2019

 

Many of you remember last year’s controversy involving Sierra Leone and blockchain voting. In short, at first, it appeared that they would be the first country to actually vote in a major election using the blockchain, but later, this turned out not to be the case.

 

Today, the Bangkok Post broke the news that a Thai government agency has developed a blockchain-based voting system that should work for Thai elections at scale with one caveat. It will not be rolled out to all Thai voters until a 5G connection is the norm for the country.

 

What bodes well for the project, however, is the way it has reportedly been built. The Post has stated that assimilating all existing voters into the new national voting system will not require any sort of extensive education about the blockchain because any involvement of the blockchain will be behind the scenes.

 

In other words, by all appearances, the new voting system will be easy to use and there will be no major visible difference between it and any sort of electronic voting system.

 

Since Nectec, the agency responsible for creating the system, is waiting for 5G to be rolled out across the country to use it at scale, this new technology is very much in an early pilot stage. In their response piece today, CoinDesk reported that Nectec is currently seeking partners at the local level, in order to run controlled tests of the platform to eliminate any possibility of fraud before its’ introduction at the national level.

 

As they do so, we just might see what needs to be improved before the blockchain can replace our existing voting systems in a global sense, though this of course, depends on the Thai government’s willingness to make that information public.

 

 

By: BGN Editorial Staff

 

 

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