Experiments on voting in India using blockchain will begin soon, allowing voters to roll out ballots outside their provinces.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that research using the latest technology has already begun and that simulation studies are planned to begin in the near future, The Wire reported.
The Indian Electoral Commission has worked with researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras to create a secure method of identity verification and voting capabilities in remote areas of the country and beyond. On the same day, Arora reaffirmed a proposal that Indians living abroad would be able to participate in the voting process.
On the blockchain side of the system, special e-ballots generated by the blockchain will be displayed after the voter’s identity has been verified. Subsequent votes are then encrypted to create a blockchain hash, according to former Deputy CEO Sandip Saxena.
“After the voter is identified using the system, an individual electronic voting ballot will be created. When submitting a ballot, the voting ballot will be securely encrypted and a blockchain hashtag will be generated. This hashtag alert will be sent to various stakeholders, in this case candidates and political parties. ”
Saxena explained that the system is not designed for people to vote from home. Instead, they still have to gather at a designated polling station, not just the polling station where they are registered.
Saxena highlighted the early stages of the project and said voters who want to take advantage of this voting procedure may have to arrange it in advance.
On the other side of the world, recent elections in the United States were marred by baseless accusations of voting, either due to Russian interference or vote rigging. The advent of blockchain technology in the midst of the hype has led some to speculate that its ability to protect cryptocurrencies could also be used in the electoral process.