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First Results of Sierra Leone’s Blockchain Vote Are In : CurrencyTimes

CurrencyTimes: Blockchain startup Agora has distributed what seems, by all accounts, to be the most punctual outcomes for the fervently Sierra Leone race, the main presidential vote followed utilizing the innovation.

After the voting finished up on Wednesday, upwards of 400,000 polls were physically inputted into Agora’s blockchain framework by a group of 280 authorize spectators working in the same number of areas.

Right now, the correct number of votes in favor of every applicant isn’t being uncovered to people in general, only the rates. Be that as it may, Agora, a Switzerland-based establishment, said it intends to make the outcomes auditable in an open arrangement in the coming days.

While this is a breakthrough for circulated record innovation, the muddled conditions encompassing the decision, also the restricted extent of Agora’s work, indicate how far blockchain is from achieving its hypothetical potential for voting.

For a certain something, Agora, which was licensed by Sierra Leone’s National Election Committee (NEC), didn’t tally every one of the tickets, only those cast in the nation’s most crowded locale, where the capital city, Freetown, is found. The NEC’s count is the official one; Agora, as other certify onlookers, is giving an autonomous check to correlation.

“These are the last outcomes from Agora toward the Western region,” said Agora’s CEO, Leonardo Gammar. “The NEC will have its own particular outcomes. Different spectators will have their own outcomes.”

Further, open blockchain perfectionists may experience difficulty depending on Agora’s check. A portion of the innovation created by Agora that awards hub administrators get is as of now patent-pending, Gammar stated, so there won’t be a completely open-source storehouse on Github for outcasts to assess.

In any case, future decisions are relied upon to utilize the full heap of the organization’s innovation and will be all the more completely auditable by means of reconciliation with an open blockchain.

Going ahead, Gammar says that by additionally shutting off the open doors for extortion, and extending the zones followed by auditable blockchain programming, extra vulnerability about any number of races held far and wide could be evacuated.

“We were licensed by the NEC to do this, to complete an investigation in the Western zone,” he stated, including:

“On the off chance that they like how it functions, in the event that they’re content with everything, they’ll make it more extensively next time, and they’ll back us to an ever-increasing extent.”

Early returns:

The outcomes from Agora’s example demonstrated the occupant party hopeful Samura Kamara, of the All People’s Congress, with a 12 point lead.

Be that as it may, as the official outcomes from NEC aren’t required to be declared until Friday night at the soonest. What’s more, the hold up could be significantly more, given muddling factors that can’t be settled by a blockchain.

For example, the Sierra Leone police earlier this week reportedly raided the office of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), whose candidate came in second place in Agora’s tally.

While the official reason for the raid was because the police suspected an election hack was underway, party leaders alleged it was an effort to undermine the opposition.

In spite of these setbacks, the NEC reported that only about 0.2 percent of the election boxes used were “problematic,” falling in line with a statement made Friday by the European Union Election Observation mission that described the elections as “well organized.”

“While the tallying is still ongoing and should be finalized in full transparency, the EU expects all parties to respect credible electoral results and to use existing mechanisms to address grievances,” according to the statement.

Kamara won the western district by 54.7 percent in Agora’s count, just shy of the 55 percent constitutionally required to win a national election. So if the national results are similar, he may face a runoff against the SLPP’s Julius Bio, who got 32.5 percent of the votes according to the above partial blockchain tally.

Agora “should repeat this task in the runoff, as it looks like there will be one,” said political risk analyst and Sierra Leone native Abdul Deensie, a former fellow of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

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