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The Indian state of Telangana is trying to use blockchain technology to conduct electronic voting

August 12, 2020

The state Telanganain South India, could soon develop and test an electronic voting system based on blockchain technology to facilitate remote voting.

In one of the Electoral Commission of India and the Electronic governing body by Tamil Nadu, the chief secretary for information technology, Jayesh Ranjansuggested that the state could experiment with electronic voting on a small scale and later expand its application.

The webinar was also attended by members of the Indian Electoral Commission, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Indian community engagement platform MyGov, and leaders in the blockchain industry.

The Indian state of Telangana is trying to use blockchain technology to conduct electronic votingThe Indian state of Telangana is trying to use blockchain technology to conduct electronic voting

Members of the webinar discussed the possible use of blockchain technology when deploying an electronic voting platform for the states of India, reported the local media Deccan Chronicle.

Ranjan said the government could convince smaller entities like civil societies, neighborhoods and sports associations to hold internal elections through their blockchain-based electronic voting platform.

Depending on the possible use cases observed through these smaller experiments, they may convince other state governments to use the blockchain platform. Ranjan also hoped that one day they could scale the on-chain e-voting solution to be deployed nationwide by showing the improvements promised by the platform. He showed:

“This particular technology should be needed. They need to show that certain shortcomings can be addressed using blockchain technology and remote voting.”

He stressed that using this technology is not as difficult as it seemed at first glance.. To prove his point, he shared the initiative’s example T-chits the government of Telangana using blockchain to manage chit funds in the state. A background It’s an Indian version of a savings and credit plan.

During the last 12 months The Telangana government has shown a growing interest in blockchain technology. In May 2019, Cointelegraph reported that it intended to establish itself as a Blockchain development center.

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