Justus Abonyo, former chair of Kenya’s Social Democratic Social gathering, and present candidate for commissioner of the nation’s Unbiased Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC), has known as for the adoption of blockchain voting.
Based on a report by Kenyan information outlet The Star, Abonyo made this attraction identified whereas showing earlier than the choice committee overseeing the appointment of IEBC commissioners on the Kenyatta Worldwide Conference Centre on Thursday.
Detailing his assist for blockchain voting adoption, Abonyo stated such a transfer would have vital price financial savings advantages of as much as 300%, stating:
“The price of a poll in Kenya ranges between US$ 7-US$ 25 (Sh700-Sh2,500). If we use blockchain expertise, this price will go right down to US$0.5 (Sh50). That is an space I’d discover as a commissioner.”
The IEBC commissioner aspirant additionally argued that adopting blockchain voting will even assist to enhance the transparency and safety of Kenya’s elections. Abonyo’s name for adopting the novel tech additionally comes because the nation prepares for one more basic election in 2022.
Kenya’s earlier presidential polls again in 2017 had been reportedly marred by accusations of IEBC’s digital voting system being compromised. These claims had been additional given credence by the murder of the IEBC’s IT supervisor days earlier than the polls.
The jury remains to be out on the effectiveness of blockchain voting with MIT cybersecurity consultants stating again in November 2020 that voting techniques based mostly on the novel tech carried “severe risks” to democracy.
Certainly, some current deployments of blockchain-based voting protocols have come below efficiency scrutiny. In July 2020, experiences emerged that the system utilized in Russia’s constitutional modification vote again in 2020 allowed constituents and even third-party entities to decipher the ballots cast.
In the meantime, Abonyo shouldn’t be the primary to supply blockchain as a panacea for making certain safety and transparency within the nation. As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, David Robinson, the regional anti-corruption advisor on the United Nations Workplace on Medication and Crime, said again in November 2020 that Kenyan authorities might use blockchain as a tool to fight corruption.