Six weeks into the the African Blockchain Developers Call, the web conference series aimed at increased participation and adoption of blockchain solutions was held on the FLOOR Platform on the 10th of October, 2020 where the theme “Voting on the Blockchain” was explored and examined by experts and professionals in the blockchain and governance space. The future of governance was discussed and how blockchain solutions can drive innovation in the voting sector to enhance transparency and ease in the democratic sector.
In his presentation, Adedayo Adebajo stated that the structure of the blockchain algorithm allows for transparency and ease in government’s activities. He posited that the large number of individuals governed over in a nation-state, especially in democratic developing nations, necessitates finding a mechanism that would ease the rendering of services in the governance process. He mentioned that futuristic governance must include technology-based solutions, run on solutions like blockchain technology, in its policies to thrive and survive.
Blockchain in governance, he mentioned, eases a lot in effective representation, such as in the election and legislative processes, where open or close ended questions may be created in the blockchain in choosing leaders or deciding laws to be enacted through voting. He advocated that adopting the solutions ensures that the citizens are practically involoved in the process of satisfaction of collective wants and needs, as every question and opinion in the blockchain counts. He claimed that blockchain and other technological solutions are key to driving innovation in the governance sector and that appropriate measures should be taken to make the mechanism work.
The CEO of i-Elect, Ojumah Jerry, in his platform presentation, stated that the i-Elect platform is created to curb the anomalies in the electoral process and ensure that every vote cast in electing leaders count without interference or manipulation. He stated that the platform employs blockchain solutions in ensuring that the election process is tamper-proof, accessible, private, affordable and tension-less. He expressed his optimism that blockchain solutions would go a long way in aiding transparency in elections and in the governance system.
In SuperVoting.net’s platform presentation, Corrado Andriani stated the importance of taking reasonable steps to make it hard to cheat in elections while making it easier for legitimate voters to vote. He posited that vote alteration and manipulation endangers democracy’s existence and that the SuperVoting uses the Ardor Blockchain voting system to ensure that the wishes of citizens reflect through voting when electing their leaders. He explained that the platform is encrypted to protect votes to ensure that the voices of the voters count.
Panelist discussion on the role of blockchain in electoral process
The Combined Panel Session was graced by experts and professionals in the governance and blockchain fields. The session included Ojumah Jerry, Kehinde Olashore, Corrado Andriani, Roselyne Wanjiru, the Director of Growth and Acquisitions at Pesabase and Vincent Hoffman, EVP, Community Relations, HTMLCOIN and ATHASH. They all gave opinions on emerging and recurring issues in blockchain and governance and how the solutions could drive innovations in the sector.
Corrado Andriani posited that the adoption of blockchain into the governance process would create different jobs in the sector and help the process in efficiency and transparency. He stated that the infrastructure cost for blockchain solutions in the sector is zero and the solutions would reduce high spending that may be diverted into the electoral process.
Vincent Hoffman stated that blockchain solutions would automate the electoral system and ensure more participation on the part of the masses. He explained that blockchain brings about trust in the process and ensures that the process digitally for individuals to participate and be involved in the comfort of their homes. He stated that the adoption of blockchain solutions would increase participation and turnout in democracies in developing countries.
Roselyne Wanjiru mentioned that African politicians and government politicians may resist the adoption tech solutions as it would reduce exploitation and advocated that more work should be done towards the adoption of tech solutions in the electoral process. She stated that blockchain innovations in voting eases the process and makes the citizens involved in the process as it is easy to use even for individuals with no knowledge of blockchain. She posited that social trust and confidence in the process must be garnered in the system to ensure that the innovations work in the electoral process.
Ojumah Jerry enjoined experts that educating and orientating the grassroots is important in driving the necessary change to keep the citizenry aware of these solutions. He also stated that the process should be digitalized to ensure that indigenous individuals can participate in the process. He mentioned that the solutions must be adopted in phases as the blockchain sector itself is in its developing stages.
Kehinde Olashore explained that his platform, Datacrest, adopts the Oracle data ledger to ensure that the voting system and other emerging technologies is seamlessly done on the platform. He advocated that there should be collaboration with electoral commissions to ensure the adoption of these technologies to the electoral process.
The panelists gave ideas on how trust can be achieved in the voting system and how blockchain solutions would enhance the performance and participation in the electoral process. They also agreed that the blockchain technology and process can be trusted to ensure that the electoral process is free and fair in the reflection of the wishes of people in governance.
The African Blockchain Developers Call virtual weekend series is still ongoing. You can register via this link: https://bgeg.floor.bz/