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2017 UP polls: EC to go the Suvidha and Samadhan way

After testing the success of Suvidha and Samadhan software in Bihar assembly election, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is contemplating to use the two softwares in 2017 UP Assembly election.

lucknow Updated: Jan 14, 2016 14:12 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh
The softwares will not only cut paper work but also assist the Commission in redressal of public grievances besides facilitating election campaign on 403 assembly seats.
The softwares will not only cut paper work but also assist the Commission in redressal of public grievances besides facilitating election campaign on 403 assembly seats.(AFP/Photo for representation)

After testing the success of Suvidha and Samadhan software in Bihar assembly election, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is contemplating to use the two softwares in 2017 UP Assembly election.

The softwares will not only cut paper work but also assist the Commission in redressal of public grievances besides facilitating election campaign on 403 assembly seats.

Chief electoral officer (CEO), UP, Arun Singhal had visited Patna during the Bihar Assembly election to get first hand information about the impact of the softwares in holding hassle-free and fair election. He also discussed the advantage of the softwares with Bihar officials.

Talking to HT Singhal said, “Before the assembly election we will test the utility and working of the software in assembly by-poll, legislative council election or teacher’s constituency election to be held this year.” The Election Commission will also hold meeting with political parties to take their consent and discuss its efficacy.

“Suvidha software will help political parties in getting permission for rallies, public meetings and vehicles without hassle. Leaders of political parties usually complain that they have to run from pillar to post to seek permission from district administration officials for public meetings”, he said.

“The officers are also a harassed lot, as they have to do lots of paper works to give permission for rallies and meetings. Suvidha software will expedite the work as there will be a single window system for election campaign approval,” he said.

During election campaign, the Election Commission is usually flooded with complaints of voters or political parties. The Samadhan software will redress grievances of people.

The complaints sent through fax, helpline or in person will be uploaded on the Samadhan website.

The Election Commission officers can monitor the progress of disposal of complaints. The complainant could also see the status of the complaint after feeding the complaint ID sent on his/her mobile.

Before the state goes to poll, the Election Commission will ensure that the each voter has correct and smart EPIC. Singhal said the Election Commission will sign an MoU with UP Information Technology and Electronic Department for supplying EPIC to voters through 16,000 Jan Suvidha Kendra run by it across the state.