Ukraine Election Body Uses NEM Blockchain For Voting Trial

Blockchain, News | August 10, 2018 By:

Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) is investigating the use of NEM’s blockchain in local and national elections.

In a Facebook post, Oleksandr Stelmakh, head of the State Register at the Central Electoral Commission of Ukraine, said that they began testing the NEM blockchain back in July when he encouraged his friends on Facebook to participate in a “test vote.” The trial exclusively involves a testnet with test NEM tokens “kindly given by a representative of the NEM Foundation in Ukraine,” Anton Bosenko.

According to Stelmak, one of the basic useful properties of blockchain technology is the impossibility of making changes to the saved information. He said these are the properties they tried to use to save the information of the local ballot sessions.

“It must be noted that the experiment was held in the test environment of the blockchain NEM and for the transactions used by the test coins,” Stelmak said. “The blockchain test environment has 28 nodes.”

Based on the results, Stelmak said that installing blockchain voting in each police station in the country would cost roughly $1,227. He added that this is a “small price to pay” in return for immutable vote data protection.

Stelmak also said that the trial period for the blockchain experiment was still ongoing and polls using “test coins” had not yet closed.

The CEC is a permanent and independent collegiate body of the Ukrainian government. It is vested with authority to supervise and conduct presidential, parliamentary, and local self-government elections in the country, as well as Ukrainian and local referendums. It issues mandatory decrees, which may be appealed to the Supreme Court of Ukraine or the High Administrative Court of Ukraine.