Remote voting feasible by 2024 polls: CEC Sunil Arora
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, on Saturday, expressed hope for the concept of remote voting, enabling persons who cannot be at their polling booths on election day for different reasons, to exercise their franchise from a remote location — will see "the light of day" by the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, and said that a pilot project could begin in the next two-three months.
CEC Arora stated, "Remote voting may see the light of the day by the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. A team of technocrats and experts from IIT Chennai & some other IITs are working on it in full swing. We hope to see the first pilot project in the next 2-3 months."
Explaining the 'blockchain' technology involved in the project, former Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena had earlier said the concept is a "two-way electronic voting system in a controlled environment on white-listed IP devices on dedicated Internet lines enabled with biometric devices and a web camera".
It also needs to be underscored that the project is neither aimed at internet-based voting nor does it imply voting from home, he observed.
He said that for the commission, transparency and confidentiality of voting has always been a guiding consideration in ensuring free, fair and credible elections, adding the Commission will soon be giving shape to the final model of such voting, after due deliberation on various options.
Marking the beginning of 11th National Voters' Day, CEC Sunil Arora in January this year stated that the Election Commission is considering several long term reforms including NRI voting and linking of Aadhaar with EPIC voter card.
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