Remote EVM to enable voting away from home, demonstration on Jan 16

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New Delhi, 29 December: The Election Commission is working on providing remote voting facility to citizens living in other places of the country from their home town due to employment, education and other reasons. The commission has invited political parties to showcase the prototypes related to it.

The Election Commission says that this will make it possible to vote for one’s home and native constituency and the migrants will be freed from the hassle of going to their home town or state.

All the recognised 8 National and 57 State level parties have been invited for demonstration on January 16 to demonstrate the working of the Multi Constituency Prototype Remote EVM. The Election Commission has prepared a prototype Remote Electronic Voting Machine (RVM) for this. It can conduct polling in up to 72 constituencies from a single remote polling booth.

The Election Commission has released a concept paper seeking views of political parties on legal, administrative and technology challenges. Members of the Technical Expert Committee will be present in the demonstration given by the Commission on January 16. Also, the commission has requested written replies from recognised political parties by January 31 on various related matters including expected legal changes, changes in administrative procedure and voting method for domestic migrant voters.

The Commission says that taking the feedback received from various stakeholders and the performance of the prototype as the basis, the Commission will take forward the process of rolling out the remote voting system to the ground level in a suitable manner.