A new milestone for blockchain technology has been achieved in Africa, more precisely in Sierra Leone. This country with more than 7 million people has elected a new president using blockchain technology. As it did not happen in the past with other world changes, Africa is taking part of the Blockchain revolution.
Sierra Leone Presidential Election
Sixteen candidates were competing for the presidency of the African country, the first in the world to test blockchain technology for a presidential election. Agora, a blockchain voting start-up was the enterprise behind the elections, tracking the system and the distributed ledger technology.
For Agora, these elections where the first steps towards something that could become even bigger. Other countries are interested in using this technology for powering elections and make sure that the democratic process is working properly.
According to Jaron Lukasiewicz, Agora’s COO, Sierra Leone is not the country where most of us would think that Blockchain has any possibility to grow.
“You’re looking at a country that you probably wouldn’t normally expect to be the first to use transparent voting tech. Voters complete their votes on paper ballots and then our team with impartial observers register them on the blockchain.”
Perhaps, all the problems and lack of infrastructure that Africa has are helping this technology to spread in the continent. It is not the first time that important blockchain events take part in this region of the world.
For example, at UseTheBitcoin, we wrote that an African start-up was able to help the government of Ghana to stop double landing. Almost 80% of the landowners lack the title of their properties, and blockchain is helping to solve that.
In other countries, like the United States, elections have been severely questioned due to possible fraudulent activities from other countries. In Europe, many states have explained that some elections were heavily controlled because of fears that the results could be modified.
Blockchain technology allows the date to be securely stored in the Blockchain. Besides that, it is impossible to modify the results that have been uploaded. That means that democracy is protected against possible fraudulent activities.
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