Just after a slew of headlines that the March 7 Sierra Leone presidential election have been the world’s to start with Blockchain-based election because of to help by voting tech organization Agora, the Sierra Leone govt has formally denied any use of Blockchain to tally election benefits by the Countrywide Electoral Fee (NEC).
— Countrywide Electoral Fee of Sierra Leone (@NECsalone) March 19, 2018
In response to allegations of purposefully misleading the community about their role in the election, Agora also produced an official assertion on Medium on March 19. The assertion discussed their authentic role in the elections as an worldwide observer, underlining their prior statements that they in no way claimed to be counting official election benefits in their demo Blockchain election exam.
According to the Medium publish, Agora was accredited by the NEC to include 280 polling areas in the West District of Sierra Leone, and that a “partial deployment of [their] know-how was applied in the election.”
The procedure of recording the votes of the Sierra Leone citizens went as adopted: voters put their paper ballots into packing containers, which have been then emptied in entrance of election observers for counting out loud, even though Agora “manually recorded every single ballot on to our Blockchain using a digital product.” Agora played no role after the ballot packing containers have been taken to the NEC regional tallying centre, their publish reads.
Discrepancies in the NEC benefits and Agora’s benefits, as pointed out by French information outlet RFI, have been attributed to a distinctive technique of considering which votes to be invalid, writes Agora’s Medium publish.
Agora also details what they explain as a “targeted campaign” from the organization by an corporation identified as Sierra Leone Open Election Details System (SLOEDP). According to Agora, SLOEDP reached out to journalists and wrote blog posts “attacking our involvement in the election,” possibly because of to the overlapping character of the two organization’s systems.
Morris Marah, the founder of the Sensi Tech Hub in Freetown, the cash of Sierra Leone, instructed area information outlet RFI that “what problems me is the hoopla that adopted what they did:”
“What these fellas [Agora] are expressing is great. But they have not actually analyzed it since they fundamentally took a paper card of the benefits and put it on their technique. Which is what everyone else is doing, that is not new.”
Agora finished their Medium publish with an invitation to perform with SLOEDP shifting ahead:
“Sensational headlines have become a “norm” of the world wide web, and we agree that each businesses and media stores have a responsibility to include gatherings accurately. This was Agora’s to start with big media occasion, and we are developing interior procedures to even further help this target in the upcoming. We invite SLOEDP to be a part of Agora in developing a favourable and truthful dialogue that qualified prospects to the institution of digitally verifiable elections in Sierra Leone.”