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Poll process to go live on web this year

Atul Mathur , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 02, 2013
First Published: 00:45 IST(2/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:50 IST(2/8/2013)

Technology will play a bigger role in the upcoming assembly elections in the Capital. Giving the old practice of videographing the election process at sensitive and hypersensitive polling booths a rest, the chief electoral office of Delhi has decided to stream the process live this time.

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“We will have webcast from all sensitive and hyper sensitive polling booths. We will try and cover politically-sensitive polling booths as well,” Delhi’s chief electoral officer Vijay Dev said.

Videography at other booths will continue along with live streaming from sensitive booths, officials said.

The live recordings will be loaded on a particular URL or a website and the officers of Delhi’s electoral office as well as the Election Commission of India will be able to view it on computers in their offices.

Officials said the idea behind webcasting is to prevent troublemakers from creating any problem at the polling booths. In case of an incident, officials said, it will be easy for the police to intervene immediately. Identifying those behind the trouble would also be easy for the police and the administration.

Officials said webcasting will not only help keeping a real time check on polling booths, the election office will also be able to keep the recording in case of complaints of bogus voting and litigation.

The process to identify sensitive and hyper-sensitive booths in Delhi’s 70 assembly segments is still on.

In the 2008 assembly elections, the Delhi electoral office had identified 1,218 sensitive and 346 hyper-sensitive polling booths. There are 11,763 polling booths in Delhi this year.

Though the webcast of the polling process will be a first in the national Capital, other states such as Bihar, West Bengal and Karnataka have used the technology during elections in past few years.


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