The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) of Thailand has introduced blockchain technology for e-voting. NECTEC is a statutory government organization that promotes the development of computing, electronics, IT and telecommunications.
The blockchain technology can be used along with traditional voting as Thais become more technologically knowledgeable. According to NECTEC, all votes will be connected with the new technology, once 5G is eventually adopted. Voters will purportedly be able to vote by email and must be verified by mobile camera.
“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 the board of directors. The goal is to reduce fraud and maintain data integrity,” the head of the NECTEC’s cybersecurity laboratory Chalee Vorakulpipat told.
According to Vorakulpipat, blockchain voting could be deployed in the short term in a closed environment. For example, Thais living abroad could go to an embassy or consulate to vote and verify their identities.
Other countries have also been considering using blockchain technology to secure and conduct election processes. Following the 2018 federal mid-term elections in the United States, the Secretary of State of West Virginia reported a successful trial of mobile blockchain voting for West Virginians in the armed services stationed overseas.