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EC not considering on-line voting mechanism: Zaidi

 Agencies |  2017-05-21 07:34:41.0  0  Comments

EC not considering on-line voting mechanism: Zaidi

New Delhi : Notwithstanding the fact that the Election Commission (EC) considers introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as a 'positive electoral reform', the poll panel has ruled out considering online voting system. "For the time being we are not considering this," the Chief Election Commissioner Dr Nasim Zaidi told reporters here yesterday. The issue was discussed at the Commission a few years ago and a committee had examined the issue too. Ironically, the poll panel, which claims of setting high ever-higher standards of efficient, smooth and professional conduct of elections and 'embracing' the latest technological advancement in fine-tuning the election process, says the E-voting or online voting system would not be a practical suggestion. "One of the reasons is this issue of hacking," Dr Zaidi said even as he defended very strongly that Indian EVMs are tamper-proof and cannot be hacked. The CEC, however, said a report of the committee that examined online voting proposal has been submitted to the Supreme Court and the Union Law Ministry. Interestingly, Gujarat is the first state that allowed online voting facilities for voters of eight municipal corporations in 2015. The Gujarat State Election Commission, that functions independently, had first allowed some online voting in 2010. However, there were not many takers of online voting mechanism in Gujarat. According to reports, while 20,000 people had applied for registration for e-voting in the select municipal corporation areas in 2015, but when it came to submitting their documents for verification only 1,310 voters completed the procedure. The Central Election Commission had also deputed Election Commissioner A K Joti for an on-field study of the e-voting platform in Gujarat. The former Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma was in favour of exploring possibilities of implementing online voting in Assembly and Parliament elections. Elections to local bodies, both urban and rural, are conducted by separate constitutional authorities State Election Commissions under Article 243 of the Constitution.
--UNI

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