As per reports from Micky News which is an Australian News outlet, a blockchain-based voting system will be utilized by the South Australian Government in an official election which is to be conducted soon.
Horizon State CEO, Nimo Naamani confirmed on 18th of this month that the South Australian Government will be using the company’s blockchain-based voting system technology to conduct an official election.
Micky News has also elaborated that the blockchain company had been contacted by the South Australia Government in order to provide the technology and support necessary to conduct the election that is to be based on blockchain. Horizon is a startup that is known to have developed a blockchain-based voting system designed to empower collectivity and decentralization.
Naamani, in an interview to Micky News, said,
“This is [an] exciting first government use of our tech in Australia and a great way to validate the blockchain use for this purpose. This is also a complex vote – being preferential with reserved seats, and a large cohort of candidates to choose from.”
The election will be to select five people for the state’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council. As of now, the blockchain voting technology has already been integrated into the state’s official online polling website.
Tim Whetstone, the Minister for Primary Industries expressed his satisfaction and said,
“The Marshall Liberal Government has been committed to an open, transparent process in establishing a new representative body for recreational fishers in South Australia. For the first time in South Australian Government history, the election will be conducted using blockchain technology.”
The report also reveals that the South Australian Government is betting on becoming the “blockchain capital of the country” according to Steven Marshall, South Australia’s premier. The South Australian Government has already supported some blockchain-based initiatives and the development of a “blockchain hive,” in October 2018. According to reports, the South Australian Government is now collaborating with the Australian Davos Connection Forum which will be hosting an international Blockchain Summit in Adelaide.