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Catalan – Government considering Blockchain for Public E-Voting

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Nov 20

The head of the Catalan Government’s Citizen Participation Council has stated their intention to use Blockchain technology for a community voting system.

Earlier in October, the Generalitat of Catalonia approved a preliminary bill to establish an e-voting system for residents abroad in major elections and other voting processes in the autonomous community.

Ismael Peña-López, Director of Citizen Participation of the Government of Catalonia, has revealed that the government hopes to introduce an external e-voting system by the year 2020, while extending electric voting to all voters.

According to Peña-López, who is a professor of Law and Political Science at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), the use of blockchain in the state e-voting system is still being considered, although the Generalitat has still not decided on the matter:

“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.”

The director has also noted that, regardless of the kind of technology which might be used for the voting system, it should instill trust as its main function. Peña-López:

“It’s an issue of awareness. The Government is more respectful than a trade. I would like to think that we are able to convince people that [it] is reliable.”

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