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Lok Sabha election 2019: An app to track real-time trends on counting day

Poll officials said that among the features of the app will be one where the user can bookmark a candidate to be informed of their performance routinely. With the app, people will be able to keep pace with regular updates without depending on the returning officer’s updates.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 21, 2019 12:46 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The app, which was released on May 12, is among a dozen such digital initiatives of the EC, which include round-wise updates on its website and huge interactive “auto-scrolling” panels at its office at the Nirvachan Sadan in Delhi as well as state Chief Electoral Office premises. (Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Come counting day, you will no longer need to solely rely on the Election Commission’s website or news channels to know who’s ahead.

The poll watchdog has released an app called Voter Helpline that will allow users to keep up with real-time trends and results from 8am on May 23.

Poll officials said that among the features of the app will be one where the user can bookmark a candidate to be informed of their performance routinely. With the app, people will be able to keep pace with regular updates without depending on the returning officer’s updates.

The app, which was released on May 12, is among a dozen such digital initiatives of the EC, which include round-wise updates on its website and huge interactive “auto-scrolling” panels at its office at the Nirvachan Sadan in Delhi as well as state Chief Electoral Office premises.

Other initiatives include a mobile app where candidates can ask for permissions from the poll body in real-time, another for poll observers to register cases of violations of Model Code of Conduct (MCC), and a third where poll officers can report on Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) management.

EC officials said there were 12 such applications and technologies, of which six were for candidates and six for voters. Among these, the cVigil app was designed to encourage citizens to complain of MCC violations. Poll officials said that 1,40,000 such complaints were received till May 19, the last date of polling.

Another app had real-time voter turnout data and allowed people to apply for voter registration through their smart phones. EC officials say that by the time the Lok Sabha elections came to a close, over 150 million people had downloaded the app, with 200,000 people applying on it to be on the electoral rolls. In addition to that, the Samadhan app, which is an integrated web portal where people can register complaints even when there are no polls, 120 million people registered complaints.

On another app, Suvidha, on which candidates and political parties could apply for permissions for campaign-related activities, the poll panel granted more than 50,000 such permits.

For poll observers, apart from an app to track vehicular movement, the poll body has designed an EVM Management System which is used to randomise EVMs. In addition to that is an election monitoring dashboard that will have turnout data and information on incidents in polling booths, which can be accessed by the poll body’s countrywide managerial network.

First Published: May 21, 2019 07:50 IST

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