Rien Lewis Pecson, 12, created an NFT Voting Platform depicting the presidential candidates ahead of the 2022 National Elections in the Philippines. The world’s first and largest blockchain-based NFT election is hosted by iVote.ph. What’s more impressive is that the eighth-grader has only recently begun learning to code. Pecson launched this NFT Project in less than a month.
Investigating the NFT Voting Platform
People can vote on the NFT artwork of presidential candidates created by 28-year-old graphic designer Neil Fernandez via iVote.ph.
The platform is simple to use because users only need to sign up with their mobile number to receive unique tokens. On the blockchain, the platform records votes as individual and anonymous transactions. This protects the voter’s personal information while allowing anyone to view and audit the results in real time.
Pecson explained why he came up with such an intriguing application for NFTs. “I’ve been hearing about the election and voting issues in the Philippines from the news, my parents, and other grown-ups,” he explained. I resolved to try to assist in its repair.”
So Far, the Reception
So far, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the late dictator’s son and namesake, is leading the poll. From the time iVote was launched on October 25 until press time, Marcos Jr. has been in the lead. This is where the debate begins.
Cloudchain, which is operated by First Shoshin Holdings Corp., powers the underlying blockchain protocol of iVote (FSHC). Meanwhile, FSHC is owned by Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. (“Jack”) and Salvacion Ponce Enrile (“Sally”). Jack is the son of Juan Ponce Enrile, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ close ally and Defense Minister. The elder Enrile is widely regarded as the architect of martial law in the Philippines.
Marcos is in the lead with only 3800 votes, so the new technology, along with security concerns, is undoubtedly affecting the project’s traction. Let’s see if things pick up in the next six months! After all, this is a novel and intriguing application of NFTs.