Electronic Voting Recording System Based on Blockchain Technology

Samuel Agbesi, George Asante

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Abstract

Blockchain has been said to be one of the technologies for the future, and researchers have argued that this technology is going to disrupt many industries in the coming years, and democratic elections are one of the key areas blockchain is going to transform. Several organizations have begun experimenting on blockchainenabled e-voting platforms, such as Democratic Earth, Horizon State
and Follow My Vote. This study seeks to conceptualize a blockchain architecture for the storage of election results that provide trust, transparency, and immutability using distributed ledger technology (DLT). One of the main issues with elections in Ghana and other sub-Saharan African countries is the inaccurate recording of votes from polling stations, constituencies and at the national office. There are instances where votes recorded at the polling station changes at
the constituencies either intentionally or accidentally. The study discussed the basic properties of the blockchain, such as distributed ledger, consensus mechanisms and cryptographic hash function, and how it can be used to address the current challenges in vote recording during elections. The study evaluates current blockchain-enabled e-voting systems and designs a blockchainbased
vote recording system that provides immutability, trust, and transparency. The proposed design addresses the issues of vote tempering because transactions added to the block are secure with a cryptographic hash function which makes tempering of the votes stored in the blockchain nearly impossible and make it immutable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 12th CMI Conference on Cybersecurity and Privacy (CMI)
Number of pages8
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-2857-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-2856-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2019 12th CMI Conference on Cybersecurity and Privacy (CMI) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 28 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

Conference

Conference2019 12th CMI Conference on Cybersecurity and Privacy (CMI)
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period28/11/201929/11/2019

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Keywords

  • DLT
  • Blockchain
  • Ledger
  • Block
  • Consensus
  • Immutability
  • Transparency
  • Votes
  • Ghana

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Agbesi, S., & Asante, G. (2020). Electronic Voting Recording System Based on Blockchain Technology. In 2019 12th CMI Conference on Cybersecurity and Privacy (CMI) IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/CMI48017.2019.8962142
Agbesi, Samuel ; Asante, George. / Electronic Voting Recording System Based on Blockchain Technology. 2019 12th CMI Conference on Cybersecurity and Privacy (CMI). IEEE, 2020.
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Agbesi, S & Asante, G 2020, Electronic Voting Recording System Based on Blockchain Technology. in 2019 12th CMI Conference on Cybersecurity and Privacy (CMI). IEEE, 2019 12th CMI Conference on Cybersecurity and Privacy (CMI), Copenhagen, Denmark, 28/11/2019. https://doi.org/10.1109/CMI48017.2019.8962142

Electronic Voting Recording System Based on Blockchain Technology. / Agbesi, Samuel; Asante, George.

2019 12th CMI Conference on Cybersecurity and Privacy (CMI). IEEE, 2020.

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