Kenya’s electoral body eyeing blockchain for elections transparency
Kenya’s electoral body, the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is considering the use of blockchain technology to enhance elections transparency.
In a public notice under their ‘The Commission’s Update and Activities and Electoral Reform Agenda,’ , dated 15th August IEBC has laid out 14 priority areas for electoral legal reforms in the country. The adoption of blockchain/distributed ledgers is one of them. With this technology, presidential candidates will be able to securely access results real-time, enhancing transparency and alleviating suspicion/perceptions of opacity.
IEBC has listed this as a priority area and the decision was reached after an inception workshop held from 10th to 13th of July 2018 in Machakos.
“It is about one year since the 8th August 2017 General Elections (GE) and the 26th October 2017 Fresh Presidential Elections (FPE) both of which were monumental tasks undertaken by the Commission’’ the notice reads.
‘’We have since initiated a review of the conduct of these elections as part of the Post-Election Evaluation (PEE), as we pursue other measures to reform and transform the Commission to realize its obligation to the Kenyan people.’’
Blockchain has been in simple terms been described as a public framework that allows you to securely register and store electronic transactions in a decentralized and anonymous manner. Blockchain allows you to store new information but previous information stored in blocks cannot be edited, adjusted or even changed.
According to IEBC, the legal reform activity is at the preliminary stages and the Commission will be conducting stakeholder engagements, including incorporating views and representations from the PEE, in the legal reform process.