One thing common to many countries in Southeast Asia is a corrupt voting system and often flawed democracies as a result. South Korea, being one of the leaders in the technology, is looking towards a blockchain based online voting platform that will alleviate such concerns.
Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, and the National Election Commission (NEC), stated that they will develop the system before the end of the year. According to reports the NEC trialed a previous platform back in 2013 but few trusted it due to fraud and hacking concerns.
The new system will increase transparency and security by including a user authentication mechanism as part of the voting platform. The government stated that all voters will be able to monitor their vote and general progress once submitted via smartphone or PC. The Seoul National University’s Blockchain Society and Korea Internet & Security Agency will also use the blockchain based system for surveys as a pilot before it can be implemented for voting.
Similarly, Thailand has recently used a blockchain voting platform for recent candidate party elections. According to a Nasdaq report the Kingdom’s Democrat party used the Zcoin blockchain to register and store votes earlier this month. The party elected a leader from 120,000 voters that used the system to register their transparent votes using a Raspberry Pi or mobile app with photo ID. Thailand has been in the grips of a military dictatorship for over four years primarily due to electoral corruption and rampant vote buying.