Measures by the Election Commission of India for successful engagement
With an estimated 300 million illiterate adults, photos of candidates will now feature alongside party symbols on the electronic voting machine. As there have been claims that the devices could be hacked, the machine will print a chit confirming your selection details which will be dropped in a sealed box, inside the polling booth.
Random matching of the chits and number of votes shall ensure no tampering done. The transport carrying the machines will be fitted with GPS to track movements of the vehicles.
India is the second country, after the USA to have an operations room for Facebook. They will operate from Delhi with Social media giants at Menlo Park, Singapore and Dublin to ensure the coming polls are safe from abuse and misinformation and monitor political content.
· The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) charity reported candidates of 2014 had criminal charges and had a higher probability of winning as they bought influence or intimidated voters. Hence, this time candidates, under the legal cloud must issue three TV or newspaper advertisements detailing any charge they face. They also have to declare their income and tax returns past 5 years, along with assets or liabilities abroad.
· Webcams broadcasting live on the internet will record the counting of the votes across 5000 polling stations, keeping things transparent to the public.
· An Application called eVigil has been launched to record any misconduct or malpractice for buying votes. Once the information is sent on the app, the officials will respond within 100 minutes and take action. The complainant can choose to remain anonymous.
· A toll-free number will act as a helpline and will account for voter information, feedback or any complaints for the first time.
· In a country where online misinformation rife, to avoid misuse of social media, candidates have to declare their social media handles in legal filings before applying for election candidate.
· The EC will scrutinize every advertisement on Social media. It will be considered as a formal part of the campaign for the polls. The advertisements will include ‘paid’ or ‘published’ disclaimers to increase transparency.
· The transgender are recognized the first time as third gender after registering as male of female in 2014. There are half a million transgender people in India.
· To promote women participation, it is mandatory this year for every constituency to have a centre reserved only for females. Southern state of Karnataka boasts of 600 such centres.
· Candidates have traditionally used posters, banners and campaign songs and travelled in purpose-built vehicles that look like chariots to win over voters. But now 430 million Indians own a smartphone, half a billion use the Internet, 300 million use Facebook, 200 million send messages on WhatsApp and 30 million are on Twitter. It means political parties and candidates will aggressively use new technology and social media to win the hearts and minds of young voters.
This shows the effort to conduct the biggest election in the world and highlights the Election Commission of India perfectly carved plan to maintain complete transparency between the public and the candidates. These measures show the results will be completely unbiased.
How to Apply Offline?
If you are facing any difficulty in online process, then you can apply for voter identity card offline as well. For this, you will have to visit the Booth Level Officer (BLO) to obtain Form 6.
– After filling the details, you will have to submit the form along with Aadhaar card and proof of date of birth. For date of birth proof, you can submit the birth certificate or class 10th passing certificate. In case if you have no birth certificate or passing certificate, you need to submit an affidavit.
– You will also be asked to submit two passport size photographs.
– Besides, you will also be asked to submit a photocopy of one of your family member’s voter ID card. If no one in your family has voter id card, you can submit a photocopy of voter id card of your neighbour.– Once you submit all the necessary documents with BLO, the concerned department will verify the papers and you will be delivered with your voter id card.
How to apply online?
Log on to https://www.nvsp.in/
– Click on Apply online for registration of new voter/due to shifting from AC
– Form 6 will open
– Fill the form either in Hindi, English or Malayalam.
– One who has migrated from his/her Vidhan Sabha constituency to other location can also obtain his voter ID by filling Form 6
– You will be asked to fill details like the name of your state, district, Vishan Sabha Constituency, name of one relative, date of birth etc.
– You will also be asked to fill Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) number of either of your neighbours or any person. EPIC number is mentioned just above the photo on voter identity card.
– You will then upload your photo and proof of age and address.
– Then you will have to fill a declaration and submit the form.
– Once the form is processed, it will go to the related Booth Level Officer (BLO). After verification, your voter id will be ready and delivered to you.
– You can track your application– After submitting the form, you will be delivered with a reference id number. You can track the status of your application using this reference id number.
Lob Sabha Elections 2019. India decides the reign.
Beginning the process
They have made it easier to apply for the voter ID card registration. The EC has made the process both online and offline friendly. The Election Commission of India offers online voter registration for citizens who are above 18. If one wishes to enrol himself/herself as a voter, needs to fill Form 6 online at National Voters’ Service Portal. Once done with enrolment process and delivered with voter identity card, you will be able exercise franchise in the upcoming general elections and assembly polls in your respective state.
Here is all you need to know about the biggest democratic elections. Articulated to promote and ensure maximum participation to lay the foundation and strengthen the future of our nation.
India is a Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic and the largest democracy in the World.
Lok Sabha is composed of representatives of the people chosen by direct election on the basis of the adult suffrage. The maximum strength of the House envisaged by the Constitution is 552, which is made up by election of up to 530 members to represent the States, of which 20 members to represent the Union Territories and not more than two members of the Anglo-Indian Community to be nominated by the Hon'ble President. The total elective membership is distributed among the States in such a way that the ratio between the number of seats allotted to each State and the population of the State is, so far as practicable, the same for all States.
Election Commission of India
The modern Indian nation state came into existence on 15th of August 1947. Since then free and fair elections have been held at regular intervals as per the principles enshrined in the Constitution, Electoral Laws and System. The Constitution of India has vested in the Election Commission of India the superintendence, direction and control of the entire process for conduct of elections to Parliament and Legislature of every State and to the offices of President and Vice-President of India.
Voters’ Participation in the democratic and electoral processes is integral to the successful running of any democracy and the very basis of wholesome democratic elections. Election Commission of India, formally adopted Voter Education and Electoral participation as an integral part of its election management. Holding the elections for the largest democratic nation with 900 million eligible to vote is no cake walk. The EC has announced the voting period, 11th April – 23rd May 2019. To earn public trust in the democratic process and iron out the hiccups of the previous 16 national ballots, a slew of new measures have been introduced.
The EC announced seven phased national polls along with four state assembly elections including Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. While the number of phases has been reduced from nine previously, most states are witnessing more number of phases. Among all states the most staggered polls are in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal which have seven phase polling. This effectively means the states will go to the polls on each of the polling dates in the election schedule.
Millions of poll workers, police and security personnel are deployed in cities, towns, villages and hamlets. They use planes, boats, trains, helicopters, elephants, and camels and travel by foot to reach far flung voters, from the snow-capped Himalayan mountain in the north to tiny islands in the Arabian Sea to the south, the desert in the west and the deep forests in the east. This time, the commission will mobilize 11 million officials to conduct the election at 1.04 million polling stations which will use over 2 million electronic voting machines.
The country will take 39 days to vote and on May 23 we will know who is victorious. India will decide the reign.