Catalan government considers blockchain for the community’s voting system
The Catalan government is considering blockchain technology for its public e-voting system, according to the head of the citizen participation council, as reported by Spanish daily La Vanguardia on Monday.
Ismael Peña-López, director of Citizen Participation of the Government of Catalonia, also revealed that by 2020, the government aims to start an external e-voting system and provide electronic voting to all voters.
This comes after a preliminary bill was approved by the Generalitat of Catalonia early last month. The proposed bill aimed to establish an e-voting system for residents abroad during major elections and other voting processes in the community.
Peña-López, who is also a professor of law and political science at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), believes that the use of blockchain in the state’s e-voting system is being considered. “An interesting option is to use blockchain. […] The Generalitat has not made a clear commitment to the blockchain and is still exploring what options there are before deciding,” he pointed out.
“There is consensus among the experts that when introducing this type of tools it is necessary to ensure that the risk in case of failure is less,” he said. He added that it is not that the outside votes are not important, but he believes, “they would lose less if they fail, and if it works well, the profit is huge and there can be a huge impact. The risk is controlled and there is a need to do so.”
The Government of Catalonia first revealed a plan for blockchain tech deployment in its public administration processes in early July in an attempt to improve “digital services to the public”.
It is to be noted that since 1922, the Catalan community was striving to gain independence from the Spanish government. Only recently, on October 27 last year, the Catalan Parliament declared independence from Spain, which was followed by a controversial referendum.
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