Political consensus is the way forward for the implementation of remote voting in India, as it was revealed on Thursday by officials from the Election Commission of India to the Standing Committee of the Parliament.
Election officials reportedly made a PowerPoint presentation to the Standing Committee on Personal, Public Complaints, Law and Justice, chaired by Bjp Rajya Sabha member Dry Kumar Modi… The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Legislative Department.
During the meeting, the officials explained the concept of remote voting and remote voter, international experience of remote voting, current remote voters in India, technologies required for remote voting, administrative and legal issues and next steps, as it turned out.
We also discussed the problems associated with the implementation of remote voting. Remote voting refers to a mechanism that allows voters to vote from locations other than the polling stations assigned to their registered constituencies.
Officials stressed that remote voting may require legal changes to the provisions regarding voter lists; voting booth, voting officials and territorial concept; holding elections; counting and electoral offenses.
As it became known, the officials of the election commission informed the committee about the importance of the issue, and the ECO is discussing it on an active basis.
It is important that any remote voting system takes into account the trust and acceptability of all stakeholders in the electoral system – voters, political parties and the electoral mechanism, officials are trained to inform the committee, and political consensus is the way I look forward to introducing remote voting.
The Standing Committee discusses the proposed key electoral reforms, including linking Aadhaar with voter ID. The committee also decided to consider three other proposed electoral reforms, which include distance voting; a lawsuit against elected representatives who submitted false testimony under oath; and a single voter list for all elections from village panchayat to parliament.
The committee is engaged in remote voting at a time when the EC plans to begin mapping the population of migrant workers across the country to prepare a roadmap for its implementation.