In 2013, allegations of electoral fraud in Cambodia were brought to public attention when insiders claimed that the ruling party rigged the election. The ruling party was accused of issuing fraudulent “Identity Certificates for Elections” (ICE), which allows people whose name appears on voter registration lists to vote even though they otherwise lack proper identification. This incident raised questions about the reliability of traditional election processes, not just in Cambodia, but around the world.
As countries such as Cambodia continue to experience election fraud, many governments are looking for an alternative solution to the traditional voting process to ensure fairer and more transparent elections. While online voting has been suggested as an alternative to paper ballots or electronic machines, blockchain technology has also been suggested as a way to guarantee integrity in the voting system and prevent cheating or tampering with electoral ballots through its public, distributed ledger.
Shyft, the multi-stakeholder blockchain-based digital identity ecosystem, is looking to combat election fraud through its Shyft Network, which can be used to offer comprehensive insight into individual credibility and user identity.