The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) of Thailand is planning to revolutionize the archaic system of voting by incorporating it with Blockchain technology, The Bangkok Post reports on January 2.
Founded on 16 September 1986, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) is a recognized government organization in conformity with the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Its main functions are to undertake, support, and promote the development of electronic, computing, telecommunication, and information technologies through research and development activities.
NECTEC also advertises and transfers such technologies for contribution to the economic growth and social development in the country.
NECTEC’s Head of Cybersecurity, Chalee Vorakulpipat told the Bangkok Post:
“Nectec developed blockchain technology for e-voting that can be applied to national, provincial or community elections, as well as business votes such as the board of directors. The goal is to reduce fraud and maintain data integrity.”
The use of Blockchain in elections necessitates an election controller, voters, and candidates.
Preceding the election, the election controller can check the qualifications of voters and verify their eligibilities.
Utilizing the technology of blockchain in the election process can put an end to election fraud, NECTEC proclaimed in an online post on November 30.
The new solution is the amalgamation of e-voting in close groups and the conventional voting method.
This blockchain solution can be utilized in a restricted environment, which means that even Thais residing in other countries could go to the Thai embassy to authenticate their vote through a camera.
Vorakulpipat continued by stating that this arrangement could be evaluated on a smaller scale by conducting elections at smaller institutions or provinces.
Blockchain-based-e-voting has the potentiality to enable nimble and secure elections. However, it’s a time-consuming process to ensure that every voter has the accessibility to a mobile internet connection and ID verification.
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