As countries brace for elections in the time of COVID-19, they are wondering how possible this can happen while social distancing measures prevail. Blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) seems to provide a good option for organizing and conducting free and fair elections during this time of emergency.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has pushed several governments and electoral commissions globally to the wall by making them look for other alternative means of organising and conducting free and fair elections. One of the available options is using a Blockchain-based e-voting method.
The election to the National Assembly, which is normally held once every four years, is coming on April 15, and it has attracted a lot of people's attention. As previously it has been difficult to track electoral promises, now they will be recorded on the blockchain to make politicians actually fulfil them.
Andrew Yang, the Bitcoin supporter running for US president, dropped out of the presidential race with just nine months left until polling day. Yang who came into the limelight in 2017 after declaring his intentions to run for president is popular for supporting crypto especially bitcoin. Andrew cited small followers as the main reason for dropping out of the competitive upcoming elections.
The influence of a foreign country on elections has brought to the fore the issue of blockchain. The government of Italy is trying to examine in detail what benefits technological innovation could bring, however, there are many problems to be faced with the aim of arriving at a universal digital suffrage.
A good number of countries including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Italy, Estonia, Ukraine, Denmark and Russia are planning to use blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) to conduct their polls via sophisticated electronic processes and in other vital sectors. As the US presidential elections are getting closer, some blockchain-friendly candidates including Andrew Yang are proposing the use of the technology in e-polling, to avoid vote rigging and manipulation of poll results as what happened in the last elections.
CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, recently won another leadership election at the company’s yearly general committee meeting. Most of the institutional shareholders of Facebook (FB), a California-based online social media and social networking service firm, wanted Zuckerberg to retire from being chairman of the board so as he can effectively manage other daily operational activities of the firm.
The 2019 European election is finally over and the elected representatives of the Five Star Movement (M5S), a political party in Italy founded in October 2009, will occupy the 14 seats available, however, the results show a drop in preferences for minister Luigi Di Maio, a popular cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiast. Barred from the cutting-edge policies and stunned by hullabaloo after falling back on a position at the Ministry of Education, Dino Giarrusso becomes the most voted candidate in the M5S. The names of the candidates with vision for the North West, North East, Center, South and Islands districts in Italy are also being picked out.
A major political scandal has taken place in Georgia. The opposition party called Girchi has promised everyone who votes for its candidate in the next elections, crypto coins worth $50. Such an act has been immediately recognized by opponents as a bribe.