Thailand champions blockchain e-voting

Bangkok, THAILAND – Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) of Thailand has developed a blockchain-based e-voting solution, the Bangkok Post reported.

Founded in 1986, NECTEC is a statutory government organization under the National Science and Technology Development Agency and the Ministry of Science and Technology. In an online post published November 30, NECTEC said that using blockchain technology in the election process could help fight election fraud.

The new solution is based on a hybrid model that combines e-voting in close groups and traditional voting. NECTEC said that once 5G is adopted, the platform will connect all voters.

“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,” Chalee Vorakulpipat, the head of the cybersecurity laboratory at NECTEC 

He explained that in order to use blockchain in elections, an election controller, voters and candidates are required. Before an election is held, the controller would be able to identify voter qualifications as well as eligibility of candidates.

Vorakulpipat added that the implementation of the solution for general elections would need time as every voter would be required to have “an affordable mobile internet connection and identity verification.”

That said, the blockchain solution can be applied in a closed environment – Thai residents living overseas could go to the Thai embassy or consulate to verify their identities with a camera and vote. Vorakulpipat added that the system could be tested on a smaller scale such as in elections at universities, provinces and committee boards.