With an aim to closely monitor the conduct of polling at various polling stations in the Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha constituency going to polls on April 17, the Election Commission (EC) for the first time has introduced ‘live webcast’ technology here on Monday.
With live webcast technology in place, the EC can monitor the conduct of polling at various booths in Udhampur, Kathua, Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts form control rooms in Delhi, Udhampur and other districts and sub-division level.
According to information, after the successful use of the technology during the polls for the Jammu-poonch seat on April 10, the facility is being extended to the Udhampur-Doda constituency.
As many as 68 polling stations have been identified by the EC in the constituency where webcast voting system will be installed to keep a tight vigil by monitoring live polling under the camera, prevent incidents of booth capturing and ensure free and fair polling.
Well placed sources with the state election department said it was the first ever experiment conducted in elections by the EC and in future all polling booths/ stations would be covered under the webcast.
Not only the returning officers (ROs), assistant returning officers (AROs) or other election staff can see live polling, but other people, including candidates, can also watch the conduct of polling at these stations on Internet.
The authorities have roped in Comtech Info Solutions Pvt Ltd, an e-governance IT company, to provided the infrastructure and support for the purpose.