Blockchain Voting Solution Developed By Thailand’s Tech Development Agency

Blockchain, News | January 3, 2019 By:

The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) of Thailand has developed a new e-voting solution using blockchain technology.

NECTEC, a statutory government organization under the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), undertakes, supports, and promotes the development of electronic, computing, telecommunication, and information technologies through research and development activities. It also disseminates and transfers such technologies for contribution to the economic growth and social development in Thailand.

Chalee Vorakulpipat, head of the cybersecurity laboratory at Nectec, announced that the agency has developed a blockchain solution for e-voting that can be applied to national, provincial or community elections, as well as business votes such as the board of directors. He added that the solution is aimed at reducing fraud and maintaining data integrity.

“Thailand can use blockchain technology for elections, with a hybrid model that combines e-voting in close groups and traditional voting, as Thais still need time to build up digital literacy,” Vorakulpipat said. “When 5G iseventually adopted, all voters will be connected.”

According to Vorakulpipat, using blockchain in elections requires an election controller, voters and candidates. Before an election is held, the controller would be able to identify voter qualifications as well as eligibility of candidates. Similar to online surveys carried out using Google Docs, Voters will be able to vote by email and must be verified by a mobile camera.

To implement the blockchain solution for the general election, Thai voters would be required to have “an affordable mobile Internet connection and identity verification. Therefore, the solution will be initially tested in a close environment. For example, Thais who stay abroad can go to the Thai embassy or consulate to vote and have their identity verified with the camera. The agency is also planning to test the solution in a smaller elections at organizations like universities, provinces and committee boards.