A member of the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine is investigating the use of blockchain in the elections.
Oleksandr Stelmakh, who works for the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine, commented on Tuesday the ongoing trial on Facebook. The trial started in July when Stelmakh encouraged his friends on Facebook to participate in a "trial vote" created in collaboration with a local group of the NEM Foundation, using NEM's blockchain platform.
"One of the basic useful properties of the blockchain is the inability to make changes to the saved information … These are the properties we tried to use to save the information of the local voting sessions," wrote Stelmakh .
"It must be noted that the experiment took place in the test environment of the NEM blockchain and for the transactions used by the test coins that were kindly granted to the representative of the NEM Foundation in Ukraine, Anton Bosenko .. The blockchain test environment has 28 knots. " Stelmakh also wrote that, based on the results, it would cost approximately $ 1,227 to place a node that can be used to vote in each police station, which he said was a "small" price to pay for technology.
Stelmakhnel his post recalled that the trial period for the blockchain experiment was still ongoing and that surveys using "trial coins" were not yet closed.
The work of the official represents the last effort to apply the technology for the tabulation of votes, with the idea of being that blockchain could be used to create an immutable record – or, at least, an auxiliary – to help alleviate problems when counting final counts. Blockchain was also advanced as a proxy voting tool, in which the shareholders of a company vote on corporate matters.
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