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Kyrgyzstan relies on blockchain to ensure the validity of its future presidential election – Cryptocurrencies

One of the most popular alternatives today is to resort to technology where human confidence is compromised. This is why Sadyr Japarov –the interim president of Kyrgyzstanrecommends the use of blockchain to ensure fair elections in the country. The leader thus hopes to restore the confidence of his fellow citizens in the democratic process underway. While the idea may sound interesting at first glance, it could very quickly prove to be unnecessary given the allegations of fraud hanging over the last election. Explanations.


An idea to avoid driving the country back into a new post-election crisis

At the beginning of October, the country had just gone to the polls in the framework of the legislative elections which reliability will be quickly challenged. Violent clashes followed in the streets marked by bloody repression by law enforcement officials. Mr. Japarov who was then leader of the nationalist opposition had been serving an 11½ year sentence since 2013. He was later released from his detention at the headquarters of the State Committee for National Security amid the riots. Appointed Prime Minister in the wake of parliament to calm tensions, he will eventually become the interim president of the Kyrgyzstan October 14.

Discredited, the former outgoing president Sooronbai Jeenbekov had no choice but to resign under the pressure of the popular movement. New parliamentary and presidential elections to take place, Mr. Japarov is keen to distance himself from his predecessor during these.We have had three revolutions because of unfair elections. If this continues, the troubles and revolutions will continue. From now on, everything will be fair. I consulted the Central Election Commission and suggested that they introduce blockchain technology. This system can be set up in 3 to 6 months He told Al-Jazeera.

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Blockchain ineffective in the face of intimidation and corruption

While the will of the interim president is to be welcomed to restore democratic order with fair elections, the relevance of his idea remains to be proven for two reasons. The first of these is the existence of advanced technologies that have already been used to avoid rigging in past elections. These include scanning the fingerprints of voters before they can vote. This was accompanied by the processing of ballots using a scanner and an electronic server.

The second reason is that these measures did not prevent the country from falling into an electoral crisis., technological solutions being ineffective in the face of certain illegitimate practices. Buying votes through intimidation or corruption makes it possible to easily fake the numbers from the ballot box. This is all the more true as it weighs on the rise to power of Mr. Japarov similar claims. Organized criminal groups allied to the new president are therefore accused of having exerted their influence on the authorities to initiate the transfer of power.

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It would therefore seem that the solution proposed by the interim president of Kyrgyzstan is not enough to allay the fears of his fellow citizens about the holding of new elections. The track of the use of the blockchain should however be considered on the condition of having credible institutions. Especially since blockchain voting poses questions that are still unanswered.

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