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Election Commission of India is working on Blockchain based Voting System

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora informed Wednesday at the Times Now Summit that somehow the Election Commission (EC) is committed to resolving one of the country's biggest voting problems, the Times of India said. Many people didn't vote because they can't get to their voting booth on voting day. As per reports, in the 2019 elections about 900 million people were registered to vote but a third of them, or around 300 million people, didn't even vote largely because of this.

Election Commission of India is working on Blockchain-based Voting System

India’s electoral commission is working with the Indian Institute of Technology to develop a blockchain-based voting system, publicly confirmed by the chief election commissioner. The new system is designed to encourage Indians to vote even if they’re away from their hometown.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora informed Wednesday at the Times Now Summit that somehow the Election Commission (EC) is committed to resolving one of the country’s biggest voting problems, the Times of India said. Many people didn’t vote because they can’t get to their voting booth on voting day. As per reports, in the 2019 elections about 900 million people were registered to vote but a third of them, or around 300 million people, didn’t even vote largely because of this. The commissioner has put in place:

The EC is working with the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, to develop a blockchain system that will allow voters registered in any part of the country to exercise their franchise even after they move cities.

Election Commission of India is working on Blockchain-based Voting System

More than 450 million people in India have migrated from their hometowns for reasons such as jobs, education, or marriage, according to the report. Arora said he was confident during the opening session of the Summit that the blockchain technology would be put in place during his tenure, adding:

A proposal to link voter IDs with Aadhaar, pending with the Ministry of Law, would be on the agenda during the EC’s February 18 deliberations on electoral reforms with the ministry.

In many countries, voting has been one of the most tested use cases of blockchain technology. For example, the Indian state of Telangana is exploring the application of this technology in this region. In its study “Blockchain Policy,” released in May of last year, the state government emphasized that

Blockchain has relevancy in a wide variety of areas, including tax filing, voting, land registry, healthcare, creating tamper-proof voting records, vehicle registries, fraud-proof government benefits disbursements, and digital identities for individuals, such as refugees, who lack government-issued identity documents.

Do you believe India should use a blockchain voting system? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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