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EC proposes measures to make voting process easier

mumbai Updated: Mar 12, 2011 01:06 IST
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Soon, you would be able to cast your ballot at the click of a button. The State Election Commission has proposed certain measures, which if implemented, would make the entire voting process simpler, easier and much more convenient.

The state election commissioner Neela Satyanarayana asked the commissioners of 23 municipal bodies, which are slated to go to the polls next year, to take up measures to make the entire voting process people-friendly.

The measures suggested include making lists of voters and polling centers available online, providing one polling center for 1,000 people so that polling centres are not crowded, and equipping polling booths with basic amenities.

“We are striving hard to make the poll process voter-friendly. These measures such as allotting only 1,000 voters per polling booth will help avoid undue rush. By keep the voting centres on the ground floor and making provisions of ramps will help physically challenged people from casting their ballot with ease,” said Satyanarayana.

The State Election Commission is also planning to implement e-voting for the upcoming civic polls. “We are working on a war-footing to start e-voting.

The software companies have already submitted their tenders and once our financial parameters are decided, we will begin mock drill and if it is successful, e-voting will be demonstrated to political parties and state government for their suggestions,” said an SEC official.

The voters would also get voting details via SMS.

“We had experimented this in Kalyan and Kolhapur corporations and it worked out. The voters get all voting details through an SMS. They will also get reminder a day prior to elections about the voting day and their polling centre,” said Satyanarayana.

Altogether, 10 municipal corporations — Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Ulhasnagar, Nagpur, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Akola, Amravati and Solapur — are scheduled to go for civic polls in 2012.

The State Election Commission also took into consideration the 2011 census and changes the census would call for in electoral wards. “We have asked all the corporations to submit their ward map and last elections reservations. Depending on the 2011 census provisional data which will be declared by April 15, we will set up reservations of next civic polls,” said Satyanarayana.

Besides, the commission has made seven committees of 23 civic chiefs, who will prepare a comprehensive report on ward delimitation, reservations, formats, required stationeries, vote counting, increasing the limit of candidates expenditure, code of conduct, increasing the limit of corporations expenses and number of staff to work for election process.