The Thai Democratic Party – the country’s first opposition party – has become the first major party to conduct primary elections entirely on a blockchain.
Using an e-voting system backed by the Zcoin blockchain, the party managed to run its primary election – an election that attracted more than 120,000 voters between November 1st and November 9th.
This is the first time a major Thai political party has relied on a democratic process to elect its leaders.
IFPS and Zcoin
A Thai rap music video titled “Rap Against Dictatorship” has recently become viral, recording more than 30 million views in just two weeks. To prevent this from being censored by the authorities, a user saved a copy in a transaction on the Zcoin blockchain, using the IPFS remote file storage system.
The Thai Democratic Party has taken a similar initiative using this process to conduct its primary election, thus ensuring the integrity of the votes. Participants were able to take part in this process by using a mobile application that required submitting a photo of their ID, or showing up at polling stations equipped with Raspberry Pi computers.
IPFS has been used to store encrypted data containing identification documents and ballot papers. The hashes were placed on the Zcoin blockchain, thus guaranteeing their immutability, both in the eyes of the Electoral Commission and the candidates of the Democratic Party.
Zcoin Founder and Senior Developer Poramin Insom said of the vote:
“I am very proud that Zcoin was able to play a role in making possible the first large-scale e-vote in Thailand. This has brought a high participation rate and a high degree of transparency. […] I believe we have reached an important milestone in the country’s political history and we hope that other political parties, or even governments, not just Thailand, will consider using blockchain technology for the future. -voting or polls “.
While a small group of about 250 parliamentarians and party leaders had previously chosen their leader to run for president, the use of blockchain technology has helped more than 120,000 members across the country to make their voices heard.