The Election Commission of India for the first has launched a new application for giving live information to everybody about the estimated voter turnout during the poll. The application captures the real-time information from the data inputted by the Returning Officers and calculates the estimated totals and displays in the user-friendly android mobile application. The application is called as ‘Voter Turnout’ application.
The application is designed to show the Estimated Voter Turnout for each State which can further be drilled down to Parliamentary Constituency level and also to Assembly Constituency level. This application has been used in the second phase of the elections. To ensure near real-time update of the voter turnout, another mobile app ‘Suvidha Admin’ has been given to all Assistant Returning Officers / Returning Officers to make the entries of the voter turnout data.
The Commission is of the view that the Voter Turnout Application is another big milestone in the use of Information and Communications Technology. Such innovative technologies bring the Commission closer to voters and help in the timely dissemination of information.
Voter Turnout Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.gov.eci.pollturnout
The mechanism involves simple entry of estimated cumulative percentage turnout through the web portal or mobile app during the currency of the poll y Assistant Returning Officer/ Returning Officers. These entries are to be done mandatorily during a designated time slot by the Assistant Returning Officers for the AC segment of the PC from within the New Suvidha Portal. After the end of the poll, New Suvidha Portal allows entry of detailed turnout report, both Lok Sabha and Assembly Election-wise, which includes male, female and other gender numbers against the total number of electors and comparison with corresponding figures of GE 2014 turnout is also done. The ARO/ RO can use the SUVIDHA ADMIN App to enter the Estimated Voter turnout also.
This new mechanism will simplify the data entry of two-hourly voter turnout and help in timely dissemination of the information on a real-time basis. The step-by-step process, the expected reports based on the data entry and the detailed guidelines are attached herewith, which should be brought to the notice of all officials.
The AROs & ROs should be clearly directed that they are personally held responsible for Voter Turnout data entry. Once the timeslot is passed, then the responsibility of data entry will be that of Returning Officer and in-turn the CEO. It should also be ensured that there is sufficient manpower, communication mechanism from Polling Stations and network availability.
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