March 10th will forever be remembered as a milestone for blockchain, as it saw the first presidential election to have its votes tracked by blockchain technology. Agora, a popular blockchain startup published their results of Sierra Leone’s presidential election after a team of 280 appointed officials loaded 400,000 ballets into Agora’s blockchain system.
During the election, Agora’s work wasn’t without its limits. They didn’t count all the ballots in the country but only worked inside Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown. The official tally was ran by Sierra Leone’s National Election Committee. Likewise to other accredited observers, Agora’s count is independent and simply for comparison.
Leonardo Gammar, the CEO of Agora stated, “These are the final results from Agora to the Western area. The NEC is going to have its own results. Other observers are going to have their own results.”
That said, Gammar sees a future where more elections are using his company’s technology to its full potential. It will be more auditable due to the inevitable integration with a public blockchain. Uncertainty surrounding a number of elections around the world can be eliminated by removing loopholes that lead to fraud. This can be done by enlarging the zones that are tracked by blockchain software.
Gammer went onto state, “We were accredited by the NEC to do this, to do a study in the Western area. If they like how it work, if they’re happy with everything, they’ll make it wider next time, and they’ll back us more and more.”
According to the results released by Agora, Samura Kamara, the incumbent party candidate took the lead by 12 points. The official results which will be released by the NEC will likely be different. Those results are expected to be announced this coming Friday night at the earliest.