National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) has announced the development of blockchain-based e-voting solution, reports Bangkok Post. While Thailand may not be yet ready to embrace just e-voting, a hybrid model combining e-voting and traditional voting may be on the table.
“Nectec developed blockchain technology for e-voting that can be applied to national, provincial or community elections, as well as business votes such as the board of directors. The goal is to reduce fraud and maintain data integrity," said Chalee Vorakulpipat, head of the cybersecurity laboratory at Nectec.
Such a blockchain solution has advantages: it’s ostensibly secure, faster, more accessible, and cheaper than traditional voting. According to Chalee, e-voting requires only an election controller, voters and candidates. Voting itself is easy—you can do it by email, through a form similar to an online survey. It doesn’t require any technical knowledge from the user. After the poll is closed, the votes are counted electronically, so the results are available much faster. Moreover, the decentralised character of blockchain provides the certainty results were not meddled with, as there are no middlemen who could alter them.
"That's why blockchain has been used to store valuable data and important documents, such as contracts and votes," Chalee said.