The issue of electronic voting is still controversial, with fears that such a voting system could be misused for dubious purposes. Russia ‘s Central Electoral Commission does not seem to be asking so many questions, since it has instructed the Russian company Rostelecom to develop a system to vote via the Waves blockchain.
Blockchain electronic voting tested in September Russian elections
On 19 August, the Russian telecom giant Rostelecom announced in a press release that it is in charge of developing a future electronic remote voting system.
As the company explains, it will be based on the blockchain solution dedicated to the companies of the Waves cryptomoney project.
According to the company, this electronic voting via blockchain would have only advantages:
- A secure access of the voters;
- A reliable processing of information;
- The monitoring of the smooth running of the vote by all participants in the elections, including independent observers.
After successfully passing private tests on 7 August, this remote voting tool will be publicly tested from 31 August 2020.
“Pilot projects for remote electronic voting during the September elections will be implemented in the Kursk and Yaroslavl regions. This method of voting will not completely replace traditional physical voting at the polling station. It is just an additional modern means of expressing the vote. We are giving our citizens the opportunity to choose a voting method that suits them (…). “, Ella Pamfilova, Chair of the Central Election Commission of Russia
Risks on the Waves side, but no worries.
Although it is based on blockchain, this digital vote is criticized for the centralization of the validator nodes on the russia Rostelecom company’s servers only.
However, Sasha Ivanov, founder, and CEO of the Waves platform, insists that everything has been done to respect the anonymity and security of electronic voting, according to CoinDesk.
“All the information from the company’s [Rostelecom] voting block will be published on a special portal accessible to all. Encryption instruments guarantee that the data cannot be altered (…). It is extremely important for us to participate in the launch of one of the first large-scale projects using blockchain technology in a non-monetary area. “Sasha Ivanov
Even if these new tests will have the merit of experimenting with technology, digital voting is unfortunately not going to be popular any time soon, as electoral issues are such sensitive subjects. However, this remains a good spotlight for Waves cryptography.