This is the first time in the world that a large scale blockchain based election was held. As many Zcoin holders must have already noticed that there was a huge spike in the number of transactions, with thousands of transactions present each block on Zcoin’s blockchain between 1st
of November 2018. The reason being its use for political elections in Thailand as was already hinted by Mr. Korn Chatikavanij (former minister of finance) back in October about blockchain technology being used to select party leaders in Thailand.
In the past, party leaders were selected by the party’s MP’s and its chairman. But recently, the primary election held by Thai Democratic Party (Thailand’s oldest political party) on Zcoin’s blockchain provided an opportunity for all its Democrat party members to become eligible to vote and select its head. The vote was concluded with a total of 127,479 votes which came from all over Thailand.
It all begin with stakeholders being worried about tampering of votes. As E-voting systems make use of database which is controlled by an administrator, stakeholders were unwilling to rely on it. Therefore, the decision was made and approved by Thai Election Commission to make use of Zcoin’s blockchain, thus eliminating the need of an administrator as well as the risks involved with it.
The voting was done by making use of either of the two methods:
- Voting stations which utilized a Raspberry Pi based system and were present throughout Thailand.
- Using mobile voting app called D-Elect which required voters to submit their photo ID.
The sets of data involved (Identification document and voting tallies) were encrypted and stored on IPFS and these IPFS hashes were then stored on Zcoin Blockchain. (more info. Available at link given below)
The results were available within 12 hours despite large number of voters from all over Thailand. This shows that blockchain technology has great use cases in real world is a perfect fit to carry out elections easily, cheaply and by being trusted by voters without any central administrator. Zcoin is looking forward to improving this system further by using zero-knowledge proof systems in facilitating anonymous but verifiable voting on the blockchain.
For detailed information along with sample of IPFS entry used, please visit: medium.comwww.zcoin.io