Sierra Leone Tallied Elections Results With Blockchain, For the First Time in the World

Sierra Leone Tallied Elections Results With Blockchain, For the First Time in the World

The West African nation Sierra Leone is receiving a lot of fanfare from lots of media that focus on cryptocurrency. The country is having what is believed to be the first experience of blockchain utilization in official elections.

As it is reported, the country used blockchain tech trend to tally Sierra Leone’s presidential elections.

Blockchain in Use

The fact that Sierra Leone decided to move ahead of the rest of the world by using blockchain for auditing elections’ results was confirmed by the blockchain company, which helped the country to implement the idea.

This company is the Swiss-headquartered voting tech firm Agora. As its chief executive officer, Leonardo Gammar reported this week that his crew is involved in this West African nation’s official elections. To help the state to proceed the tallying, the Agora’s team moved to Freetown, the country’s capital.

Cointelegraph, the niche media, informed that it contacted Gammar and he told that the crew had not rested at all for two days. At that time, the team was helping their blockchain node operators to run the issue.

At the same time, the company’s COO Jason Lukasiewicz suggested this case is the first in history when blockchain is employed for any government election.

Grammar, in his turn, also added that Agora is not acting alone: it works in Sierra Leone in the cooperation with the European Commission. Moreover, it has assisting blockchain node operators, who come from:

  • the University of Fribourg
  • the Red Cross
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

How Did it Work in Sierra Leone?

This week the country 16 politicians fought for the right to become Sierra Leone’s president. The government wanted to use blockchain to make the whole process transparent and to prevent any forgery.

With blockchain, Agora managed to complete results auditing a few hours before the National Election Commission of the country and various NGOs.