Multiple apps to manage the robust Assam election process
The office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam is introducing automations in certain selected processes to ensure a free, fair and safe State Assembly Elections.
GUWAHATI: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Assam is introducing automations in certain selected processes to ensure a free, fair and safe State Assembly Elections.
Software applications are put to use as a part of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) process. In this regard, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are being designed and disseminated amongst the massive workforce engaged by the Election Department for swift and effective implementation of the processes and to get desirable outcome. Capacity building workshops are held at State and district levels by master trainers in full swing.
The Election Commission of India is increasingly using multiple applications to manage the robust election process. One such application is 'ENCORE' (Enabling Communications on Real-time Environment). The Election Department, Assam is utilizing this one-stop app for smooth conduct of the upcoming election. From announcement of elections to the counting till dissemination of result, the app features all.
To ease the system of filing nominations and details of permission required, 'SUVIDHA app' is developed for the upcoming election as well. This app allows the contesting candidates to view the status of their nominations and permission filed.
Another app is 'cVigil' that directly involve the voters in the electoral process by enabling them to report violations of Model Code of Conduct and Expenditure by allowing live photo/video with auto-location capture. And the citizen is informed about the status within 100 minutes of filing of the report. So far 447 violations report is registered, out of which 247 is found correct.
Apart from many applications implemented by the ECI, primarily there are a few more applications presently being customized as required for the Election ahead.
Two software customized as per the Software Requirement Services (SRS) of the Election Department of Assam are productized software applications designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), namely, the Force Deployment Software (FDS) and Election Tracking Enabled System (ELE-TRACES). The other application that is put into action is the Matdan Application which was successfully deployed during 2020 Bihar Assembly Elections. The main functionality of the Force Deployment Software application is to randomize various categories of security personnel/forces under Assam Police, stated a release.