A West African nation – Sierra Leone has utilized the blockchain tech to carry out its elections. Sierra Leone has made history as the first country to have its elections using the blockchain. The election was held on the 7th of March, 2018. The country used the technology provided by Agora to store and verify the votes cast during the country’s presidential election.
Agora is a blockchain-based digital voting solution which organisations and the government can employ to facilitate a free, fair and very transparent electoral procedure. The Swedish startup has over the past two years developed the blockchain-based digital technology. Governments and institutions can utilize this tech in order to facilitate a free, fair, verifiable, tamper proof and accountable democratic process. Which is the main aim of the startup.
Undoubtedly, the blockchain technology is revolutionizing a number of industries across the world, its potential was witnessed for the first time in an election. The technology also brought about better time efficiency. This was revealed in the statement made by the Agora group:
“Blockchain technology was used in Sierra Leone’s presidential elections yesterday, delivering results 2 hours before the official count”
The Chief Operating Officer of Agora, Jaron Lukasiewicz, explained that the use of the blockchain can help in reducing the issues faced. He stated:
“A country like Sierra Leone can ultimately minimise a lot of the fall-out of a highly contentious election by using software like this.”
In spite of the fact that it is the first country to incorporate distributed ledger technology into its electoral procedures, it is important to note that the ballot-casting process for the voter was the same as it was in previous elections.