Brasilia/Brazil:Presidential Candidate Uses Blockchain to Publish Government Plan. The Brazilian presidential race is heating up!! And the candidates rallying for the ‘Top Spot’ have different ideas about how to use Blockchain technology. Fernando Haddad, the Workers’ Party presidential candidate, has put his Government plans and statements on a blockchain platform.
According to a press release, Haddad decided to use Blockchain technology for disseminating information about his presidential campaign after a long-term struggle, surrounded by uncertainties, and fake news reports. As information stored on a blockchain cannot be altered or compromised, he decided to store the data on a decentralized platform.
The release also states that Haddad used “free software” in Sao Paulo where he served as Mayor from 2013–2017. The software solutions monitored various city projects, including the municipal Master Plan “with the support of users through the internet”.
Not the Lone warrior backing the step
Haddad is not the only presidential candidate to apply this technology. According to crypto news outlet: ‘Cripto Moedas Facil’, other politicians that participated in the general election; Joao Amoedo and Marina Silva, also mentioned the use of blockchain during their campaigns.
Silva proposed creating a “digital government,” to store all public data on a decentralized platform, while Marina used decentralized ledger technology (DLT) to register donations for her campaign. Brasilia/Brazil:Presidential Candidate Uses Blockchain to Publish Government Plan.
In the first round of the 2018 elections, Haddad and his vice-presidential running mate Manuela d’Avila won almost 30 percent of the overall vote, but eventually lost out to far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro, who has previously expressed fond sentiments for Brazil’s former military regime, exceeded expectations at the polls, having run a right-wing populist platform that promised a return to “traditional” Brazilian values.
While he won the general election with almost 47 percent of the overall vote, Bolsonaro fell short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff election against Haddad on Oct. 28.
As reported earlier by Cointelegraph in January, the Brazilian government was considering a move from popular petitions, which is an instrument that allows citizens to vote on different social matters, to a blockchain based platform on the Ethereum network. Officials wanted to create a mobile app that would allow people to submit their votes via a decentralized platform.
It will be interesting to watch the post-election scenario amidst tall promises and assurances delivered during pre-election rallies and campaigns. To see how many of those promises are actually upheld.