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K’taka assembly elections to be monitored, webcast in Bengaluru and Delhi

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Karnataka assembly polls are set to go hi-tech with plans afoot to digitize the entire process, from managing electoral rolls to monitoring polling stations, through Internet Protocol (IP)-based webcasting and live-streaming of the counting of votes.
An Election Monitoring Dash Board (EMDB) will be set up at the offices of the chief election commissioner of India in New Delhi, the chief electoral officer (CEO) in Bengaluru and electoral officers at all district headquarters. EMDB will enable online monitoring both at polling and counting stations.
Webcast was used on an experimental basis to monitor a few polling stations in the elections in various states between 2014 and 2018. It is the first time that the technology is being adopted to digitize the entire electoral process in a state. “Most of the elements of our tech initiative are being used for the first time in India,” said Sanjiv Kumar, CEO for Karnataka.
All 56,994 polling stations in the state will be GISmapped and linked with voters’ Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).
Alerts will be sent to mobile phones of voters about their polling station and how to reach there, while a digital atlas of all 224 assembly constituencies will be created.
Sanjiv Kumar said 36 lakh mobile phones of Karnataka’s 5.96 voters have been linked to the web portal so far. “Efforts are on to link all mobiles to the portal before polling,” he said.
The functioning of all EVMs and voter-verified audit trail (VVPAT) systems will be monitored. There will also be a software to keep a tab on candidates’ expenditure. While social media accounts of the candidates will be closely monitored, it has been made mandatory for them to give details of their Facebook and Twitter accounts, and WhatsApp number.
“Unlike the pilots where laptops were used, digitization of the election process is going to be complete this time and servers will be hired for the purpose for the first time in India. The de-duplication analytic that eliminates redundancy in all stages will bring in high-level efficiency to the whole process,” said Surya Sen A V, joint chief electoral officer in charge of technology adoption. While 10,000 polling stations considered to be sensitive will be facilitated with IP-based webcasting, the rest would be webcast through live videography. Voters can air their grievances online with ECI’s App Sumadhan, while App Suvidha will be used to issue online permission to parties and candidates for public rallies, and use of vehicles for campaigning.

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