Justus Abonyo, former chair of Kenya’s Social Democratic Get together, and present candidate for commissioner of the nation’s Unbiased Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC), has known as for the adoption of blockchain voting.
In line with 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 help for blockchain voting adoption, Abonyo mentioned 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 all the way 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 can 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 an additional common 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 continues to be out on the effectiveness of blockchain voting with MIT cybersecurity specialists stating again in November 2020 that voting techniques primarily based on the novel tech carried “severe risks” to democracy.
Certainly, some latest deployments of blockchain-based voting protocols have come beneath 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 will not be the primary to supply blockchain as a panacea for guaranteeing safety and transparency within the nation. As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, David Robinson, the regional anti-corruption advisor on the United Nations Workplace on Medicine and Crime, said again in November 2020 that Kenyan authorities might use blockchain as a tool to fight corruption.