Thailand’s Political Party Holds Election Using Blockchain Technology

The Democrat Party in Thailand, the main opposition political party in the country, implemented a blockchain election system based on blockchain technology. The main intention is to vote in the primary elections using this revolutionary system.

This political party decided to use a live e-voting system that is powered by the Zcoin blockchain. Thailand’s Democrat Party allowed more than 120,000 votes to vote between November 1 and November 9.

Some days ago, a Thai rap music video started to circulate on the internet. It became viral and the local authorities took the decision to censor it on YouTube. This is why an unknown user decided to save a copy of this rap on the Zcoin blockchain. Zcoin is based on the Zerocoin protocol.

This is why the political party adopted this concept to maintain election integrity. This allows individuals to know that the result without being subject to manipulation. Voters were also able to take part in this process using a mobile voting application or a manual voting system. The Democrat Party is currently using the IPFS storage system.

The founder and lead developer of Zcoin, Poramin Insom, commented about this:

“I am very proud that Zcoin played a role in making Thailand’s first large-scale e-vote, a reality, which saw greater voter participation and transparency. […] I believe we’ve achieved a huge milestone in our country’s political history and hope that other political parties or even the government not just in Thailand but in the region can look to using blockchain technology in enabling large scale e-voting or polling.”

In the past, just a small group of 250 MPs would have voted for the leader of the party and presidential candidate. Using blockchain technology, the results have been very positive. The former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva received 67,505 votes and defeated Warong Dechgitvigrom, who received 57,689 votes.

The success of this blockchain-based elections will have positive implications in the future of the political arena all over the world. There might be other countries interested in implementing a similar system to protect data integrity during elections. In order to decrypt voting data is necessary to have full consensus agreement from all the parties concerned. The voting activity can be seen and followed here.

This is not the first time that there is a project related to elections based on blockchain technology. Moscow’s authorities have also announced a pilot project to vote in the Active Citizen Platform using Ethereum’s network. Each of the votes became a smart contract on the network, allowing the election to be more transparent and eliminate corruption.

Furthermore, back in July 2017, the Swiss city of Zug, announced plans to launch an ethereum-based application uPort that was used to digitize citizens information on the blockchain. With their digital ID, residents were able to vote in one of the several blockchain polling pilots in the city.

The benefits behind using a blockchain system are related to an improvement in the records, a reduction of fraudulent situations and a faster and more reliable voting platform.

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