Someone in Kenya who hopes to be elected for an important position has suggested the use of blockchain voting in the next presidential election.
Justus Abonyo was once the leader of the Social Democratic Party in Kenya. Presently, he wants to be elected to handle the electoral process that will produce the next Kenyan president. The country’s electoral process is overseen by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
A local news agency in the country known as “The Star” said that Abonyo’s recommendation for blockchain voting was tendered when he was with the selection team. He went further to say that blockchain voting would reduce the costs of organizing the election. He said:
“The cost of a ballot in Kenya ranges between $7 to $25 (700 shillings to 2,500 shillings). If we use blockchain technology, this cost will go down to ~$0.5 (50 shillings). This is an area I would explore as a commissioner.”
Apart from cost reduction, Abonyo said blockchain voting will make the election more transparent and cases of insecurity will be drastically reduced.
The last election organized in Kenya was flawed by insecurity and cheating. In fact, everyone believed there was a problem in the system when the report of the assassination of an IT manager for the polls was heard.
The courts are yet to decide if blockchain voting should be implemented or not but some workers at the cybersecurity department of MIT do not totally accept the new technology for voting.
This is not the first time blockchain voting is being advocated for. Last year, it was used to decide if Russia should change its constitution but after the whole process, many believed that there was a compromise in the system.
Even in Kenya, blockchain voting has been suggested before now. Last year, the suggestion came from David Robinson who was overseeing anti corruption practices in the region for the United Nations. He suggested that the Kenyan government should employ the use of blockchain to tackle corruption with emphasis on combating drugs and crime.
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