Ukraine Election Official Launches Voting Trial Using NEM's Blockchain

A member of the Ukraine Central Election Commission is investigating the use of blockchain technology in elections with a local NEM Foundation group.

Aug 7, 2018 at 7:20 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 8:15 a.m. UTC

A member of the Ukraine Central Election Commission is investigating the use of blockchain in elections.

Oleksandr Stelmakh, working for Ukraine's Central Election Commission, commented on the ongoing trial Tuesday by way of Facebook. The trial run began back in July when Stelmakh encouraged his friends on Facebook to participate in a "test vote" that had been created in partnership with a local NEM Foundation group, using NEM's blockchain platform.

"One of the basic useful properties of the blockchain is the impossibility of making changes to the saved information ...These are the properties we tried to use to save the information of the local ballot sessions," Stelmakh wrote.

He added:

"It must be noted that the experiment was held in the test environment of the blockchain NEM and for the transactions used by the test coins that were kindly given the representative of the NEM Foundation in Ukraine, Anton Bosenko. The blockchain test environment has 28 nodes. "

Stelmakh also wrote that based on the results, it would cost roughly $1,227 to place a node which can be used to vote in each police station, which he said was a "small" price to pay for the technology.

Stelmakh reminded readers in his post that the trial period for the blockchain experiment was still ongoing and polls using "test coins" had not yet closed.

The official's work represents the latest effort to apply the technology for tabulating votes, with the idea being that blockchain could be used to create an immutable record – or, at least, an auxiliary one – to help ease issues when tallying final counts. Blockchain has also been advanced as a tool for proxy voting, in which shareholders of a company vote on corporate matters.

Editor's note: Comments in this article have been translated from Ukrainian. 

Vote image via Shutterstock

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