Crypto Valley Claims Blockchain-Based Voting Pilot a “Success”

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Zug, Switzerland, otherwise known as “Crypto Valley,” has claimed that its initial trial for a local Blockchain-based voting system is a success.

As previously reported by Coinwire last month, Zug initiated an e-voting platform developed on a Blockchain as part of the city’s attempts to welcome the technology. The test voting transpired between June 25 and July 1 and recorded polling information and residents’ IDs on the system.

According to a report by Swiss Broadcasting Corporation-owned SWI swissinfo.ch on Monday, Dieter Müller, Zug’s head of communications, declared that “the premiere was a success.”

In light of the positive outcome of the pilot, Müller stated that “technical details” of the voting process will be assessed in the coming months.

The city government’s press release dated June 25 said that the objective of creating the Blockchain-based platform is to make the polling process “safer and less susceptible to unnoticed manipulation.”

Collaborating with the city and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences’ computer science department, Zug-domiciled software company Luxoft developed the e-voting system.

Luxoft chief technology officer Vasily Suvorov at the time stated:

“There are concerns about electronic voting because voting is a fundamental mechanism for direct voting… That’s why we believe that this technology should not belong to a single company. We will build the e-voting platform ‘Open Source’ so that people can understand what the technology is and how it works. We want to encourage more people to develop blockchain-based applications for governments worldwide.”