The live webcast of the Lok Sabha polls at more than 2,300 polling booths remained one of the important features that led to peaceful polling. The technology not only assisted in real time monitoring of sensitive booths but also increased the response time of poll officials and security forces.
Enthused by the success of live webcasting at 1,000 booths in assembly polls, the election department had decided to use the technique in the Lok Sabha in a comprehensive manner. The technique covered 1,700 booths in the Phase-1 and 650 booths in the Phase-2 (sensitive areas).
The live webcast was monitored at the district election officer and chief electoral officer level. Several control rooms were set up for monitoring of the booths through live streaming of audio-video at the booth level.
“The technique has helped in increasing response time. On getting information about disturbance, we could monitor a polling booth through the live webcast,” said Bharatpur district collector Giriraj Singh Kushwaha. Bharatpur constituency had maximum number of polling booths (200) covered under the technique in the Phase-2 of polling.
“Live webcasting ensured transparency in conducting polling at the booth level,” said chief electoral officer Ashok Jain.
Officials involved in monitoring of the live webcast claim the technique is better than video graphing. “In videography, anti-social elements damage the camera and no evidence is left. In live webcast, tablets mounted on walls catch live pictures without prying on the electronic voting machines,” said an official managing the control rooms.
He said the tablets were supplied by a Gujarat-based firm and 3G connection was used to connect them with the control room. The webcasts across the state were monitored at the CEO’s office and at the district election officer level.