India votes results – In the course of next few months many states in India – Elections in UP – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa – in Feb 2017 going to polls. In 2016 four Indian states, namely Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and the union territory of Puducherry, went to polls. Mobile phone applications were used extensively, some made by Election Commission of India (ECI), which was responsible for conducting smooth polls in the world’s largest democracy. They launched this year a number of new mobile applications, which were used by voters, candidates, and political parties, to facilitate the electoral process. For example, Matdata, the Android App, helps voters locate their names on the Electoral Roll as well as locate their polling station and booth.
Let’s examine several other technology interventions that brought voters to the booth to exercise their franchise in 2016 in India votes results .
New IT Apps for India votes results and also better poll management
Register your complaint at the click of a button
Voter list is readily available and if one could not find name in the list or if one is not allowed to exercise right i.e. vote, one can register grievance through mobile application Samadhan, which accepts complaints and process them only. Generally, the process is trouble free and immediate. The facility can also be availed the toll-free number 1950, SMS, fax, post and email.
Get permission for your meetings and rallies
Contestant in the polls can organize public events or public campaign has to get prior permission to do so. It is very easy to get permission for conducting meetings and rallies through Suvidha. It is a single-window system for clearing such requests. According to the ECI directives, permission will be granted within 24 hours of candidates/parties making the request.
Get your vehicle registered for campaigning
This is a vehicle management app that will help to track vehicles in use in the election campaign. One will have to provide vehicle details along with the address, mobile number, and bank details of owner and driver. The App can also track inter-district vehicular movement for official use. There is an Android version of this application as well. Matdaan, another Android App, will be used for poll day monitoring at polling stations.
15 years ago the counting of ballot papers on the counting day, will take days, but technology made this process very easy. Many people would know the trends while taking their breakfast, and results well before digesting breakfast, this rids their anxiety. EVM machines, CCTV surveillance, and constant digital monitoring had gone a long way in ensuring free and fair elections. From national-level data compilation of electors to the functioning at polling stations to work allocation of officers on duty: mobile application and technology have been put to use in new areas to make elections more smooth, effective, and transparent.
By using these technological interventions, the Election Commission made the election process easy and fair on one hand and on the other made booth-capturing, rigging, and other such malpractices increasingly difficult to indulge in. After all, democracy is the foundation of India and its biggest festival.
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The author has made available many android mobile applications and the India Elections App by Webprogr.com is very useful in getting details of all elections after 2014, and updated for all the future elections in 2017 also.
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