Last week Sierra Leone became the first country in the world to hold blockchain elections. They were supervised by Agora, a blockchain startup based in Switzerland. Once the voting of the region had taken place, over 400, 000 ballots were then manually fed into Agora,s blockchain. The CEO of Agora was very pleased with how smooth the process worked. He exuded excitement for the future of blockchain elections saying: “I strongly believe that this election is the beginning of a much larger blockchain voting movement.”
Contrary to what many think though, the elections were not blockchain powered but only verified by the blockchain. Agora was the company that was given the mandate to oversee the process and then provided an independent vote count that was compared to the main tally.
It has been revealed the system only tracked votes that were cast in the country’s most populous region. The process is said to have generated good publicity for the company which is trying to pitch its software to other states in Africa and Europe.