World's first Blockchain powered election happened in Sierra Leone

posted 6 months ago
On Mar. 7, elections in Sierra Leone marked a global landmark: the world’s first ever blockchain-powered presidential elections.

In Sierra Leone’s Western District, the most populous in the country, votes were cast using a permissioned blockchain. Entries on permissioned blockchains can be viewed by everyone, but only be validated by authorized persons.

Leonardo Gammar, CEO of Agora, the Swiss foundation supplying the digital voting solutions, said “I thought that if we can do it in Sierra Leone, we can do it everywhere else."

The big picture for Agora is to deploy solutions to automate the entire electoral process with citizens voting electronically using biometric data and personalized cryptographic keys and the votes in turn validated by blockchain.

Gammar says blockchain-powered electronic voting will be cheaper for African countries by cutting out the printing cost of paper-based elections but perhaps, more importantly, vastly reduce electoral violence.

As Agora hopes to facilitate more blockchain-powered elections on a larger scale in Africa, Gammar is confident of finding workarounds for local problems, the CEO said “If phones are not available, you can go borrow. If you are blind, we can make your phone speak to you. If you don’t read, we can put up pictures...There is no big technical issue, everything else requires being imaginative.”
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