Global Development (SIG GlobDev)

Paper Type

ERF

Paper Number

1420

Description

General elections around the world are habitually marked with disputes especially on results obtained by each candidate in the elections. The phenomenon hitherto was common to developing countries but recently, well established democracies have succumbed to the challenge. Lack of trust among stakeholders, tamper-proneness of current election systems and lack of transparency are some of the key causal factors. In response to this predicament, notable effort has been invested in studies promoting blockchain based e-voting systems. However, public confidence and trust are key ingredients for the success and widespread acceptance of Blockchain Enabled Voting (BEV). This study presents an Integrated Blockchain Artifact for Management of Election Results (IBAMER) aimed at building public confidence and trust gradually towards general adoption of BEV systems. Using Ghana Electoral process as a context, the exemplar system integrates Blockchain with voter Biometric Verification Device (BVD) to realize an added function of secure vote recording. The potential system is projected to promote good economic policies and governance by enhancing quality of public elections.

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Framework for Integrated Blockchain Artifact for Management of Election Results in Developing Country Context

General elections around the world are habitually marked with disputes especially on results obtained by each candidate in the elections. The phenomenon hitherto was common to developing countries but recently, well established democracies have succumbed to the challenge. Lack of trust among stakeholders, tamper-proneness of current election systems and lack of transparency are some of the key causal factors. In response to this predicament, notable effort has been invested in studies promoting blockchain based e-voting systems. However, public confidence and trust are key ingredients for the success and widespread acceptance of Blockchain Enabled Voting (BEV). This study presents an Integrated Blockchain Artifact for Management of Election Results (IBAMER) aimed at building public confidence and trust gradually towards general adoption of BEV systems. Using Ghana Electoral process as a context, the exemplar system integrates Blockchain with voter Biometric Verification Device (BVD) to realize an added function of secure vote recording. The potential system is projected to promote good economic policies and governance by enhancing quality of public elections.

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