South Australian Govt Using Horizon State’s Blockchain Tech For Public Election

Blockchain, News | February 26, 2019 By:

The government of South Australia, a state in the southern central part of the country, is conducting a blockchain-based public election for the inaugural Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council.

The South Australian government will be using Horizon State’s community engagement platform to register the votes during the election. Horizon State’s platform allows everyone to partake in the decision-making process to improve the nation’s economy. The platform is using blockchain technology to reduce voting fraud and address the electoral challenges faced by countries with large populations dispersed across remote towns and islands with poor access.

There are 42 candidates from all over the state up for election to fill the five positions. Of the five individual member positions, at least one will be female, one an inland fisher and at least one person representing the tackle sector. Members of the public will use South Australia’s YourSAy platform and their votes will be registered through Horizon State.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said that anyone interested in the future of the state’s recreational fishing should cast their vote.

“The Marshall Liberal Government has been committed to an open, transparent process in establishing a new representative body for recreational fishers in South Australia,” Whetstone said. “For the first time in South Australian Government history, the election will be conducted using blockchain technology.”

Horizon State CEO Nimo Namaani called the move “an exciting first government use of our tech in Australia, and a great way to validate the blockchain use for this purpose.”

“The South Australian government is very forward thinking and we are honoured they chose us to provide the technology,” said Namaani.

According to Namaani, blockchain implementation in democratic voting makes sense given the technology’s inherent transparency, accountability, and immutability.

“When a vote is cast, and the vote is there, people can audit and tally the votes themselves,” Naamani said. “They don’t need to trust the person or the organization running the vote to do that”. Once a vote is cast it can’t be changed, and so “the vote result can’t be tampered with.”