On August 9, 2020, Alexander Lukashenko was reelected to be the president of Belarus in an election clouded by doubts and ambiguities. Having been elected to his sixth consecutive term of presidency, his victory spurred the largest protests in the history of the country. However, this is not the only time an election has been tainted with allegations of not being transparent, tampering, fraud, deception and manipulation. During the past decade, people of many countries have risen up and protested because they felt that their voice has not been heard and they have been cheated out of their vote in an election that was not fair nor transparent. Candidates have also been raising a lot of concerns regarding the legitimacy and fairness of the voting system.
For instance, in the latest Belarusian presidential election, Lukashenko claimed to have won 80 percent of the votes, while, his opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya claimed that she had the overwhelming majority of the votes. Opposition candidates proposed the use of an alternative way of counting the votes and in general an alternative voting system, because they believe the current system is flawed and leaves the door open for fraudulent activities. This kind of mistrust in the conventional voting and electoral systems is rising rapidly throughout the world raising the need for a major change in the way voting takes place.
Perhaps one of the best suggestions regarding the alteration of the voting system toward making a fully transparent and tamper-proof mechanism is the incorporation of the Blockchain in the process. Many countries have been considering the idea of using the Blockchain technology in different elections in their country. However, we have yet to see a large-scale election, such as a presidential election, using this technology. Until now. The founder and CEO of the Swiss-based Blockchain company, Counos Platform, Pooyan Ghamari, has suggested a method to incorporate the Blockchain technology in the presidential election in Belarus. To do so, Counos X (CCXX) will be used, which is a cryptocurrency offered by the Counos Platform.
The idea behind this method is to match a Counos X transaction with each vote cast by the voters. Therefore, equal to the number of the people eligible for voting, Counos X coins will be generated. Then, each voter can send his or her coin to the wallet of his desired candidate. All the transactions are fully recorded in the block explorer. Therefore, nothing can be added and nothing can be removed from the records. At the end of the election, the candidate with the most number of Counos X coins in his or her wallet can be announced as the winner.
To make sure that everyone will be able to participate in this voting system, even those who may not be fully familiarized with the new technologies of Blockchain and cryptocurrencies and how they work, such as senior citizens, facilities can be made so that people could come and cast their vote as they did before. There can be special electronic wallets prepared at voting centers, so that all the people can come and vote easily and transparently without the need to have extensive knowledge about the crypto and Blockchain domains. Therefore, no matter their level of knowledge and expertise, every Belarusian citizen can cast his or her vote using Counos X and the infrastructure provided by Counos Platform.
All this process takes place based on the Blockchain technology. So, when a voter sends a cryptocurrency to the wallet of a candidate, it is registered in the network and can never be changed or deleted. No one is in charge of a Blockchain network and it is 100 percent tamper-proof. Using this method, people can be sure that no one can silence their voice and vote.
Counos Platform is ready to generate Counos X coins for all the eligible voters in the country of Belarus and provide the necessary systems and infrastructures free of charge as a gift to the country and people of Belarus. With this elegant, easy, quick, and completely transparent mechanism, everyone, including people and the presidential candidates can be fully assured with regard to the results of the election.