The blockchain developer community in the University of Jos (Unijos), a federal university in Jos, Central Nigeria, has developed Univote, a working election platform on the Ethereum test-net, that will be used to conduct the first election of its kind on the continent.
This will be the first public elections in a University system in Africa to be held on the blockchain, with a mock election to be done on Monday 13th Jan, 2020.
Univote has already gotten support from the NACOSS (National Approval Council for Security Systems) National in Nigeria, the Department of Computer Science, Unijos, and the ICT Directorate of Unijos, effectively giving it a green light for use.
Some of the team members supporting the initiative include:
The trial included crypto, non-crypto enthusiasts, and Blockchain experts. A lot of work needs to be done in terms of scaling and making the system more robust but it didn’t stop the team from having a purely decentralized, transparent and verifiableelections.
The success of the mock elections now paves the way for voting at University of Jos on 20th and 21st, January 2020, where the first Blockchain election in Africa will hold and where people can vote from the comfort of their rooms on a mobile device. The team has dared the status quo and history will be made.