The Election Commission did not have any application for online scrutiny of the application. Therefore the citizens do not get to know the status of their candidate’s application nor were the candidates aware of the status of their applications.
It is a part of ENCORE that allows Returning Officers to do the scrutiny of the Nomination filed by the Candidate. Each nomination is verified and the status is marked as ‘Accepted’ or ‘Rejected’ and ‘Withdrawn’ if the Candidate has withdrawn his candidature. This helps the Returning Officer to prepare the final list of contesting candidates and assigning symbols.
While the Returning Officer is scrutinizing the candidate application, the output of this application is displayed to the candidate via Candidate app, to citizens via Voter Helpline and PwD App. Thus both the candidate as well as citizens can follow the acceptance or rejection status of Nomination. The application was launched on 10 March 2019.
Scrutiny of Nominations
A simple interface is provided to RO for marking the scrutiny status for each and every nomination received. This is to be done on the day of scrutiny where the Nomination papers and supporting documents are scrutinized and marked as either ‘Accepted’ or ‘Rejected’
Withdrawal of Nominations
After Scrutiny the option is available to mark a candidate as ‘Withdrawn’ if the candidate has withdrawn the nominations. The Returning officer is provided with an interactive interface with search and filter facility to sort the list of applications and view the complete candidate profile and documents if required.
Then the list of contesting candidates is prepared and the symbols are assigned to the candidates as per FORM 7A. At any time Returning Officer has the option to view or download the reports to see the list of Nominations applied and the status marked.
List of Contesting Candidates
As and when the Returning Officer marks the status of the Nomination and a final list is serialized and verified with FORM 7A. The Returning Officer has the option to generate FORM 7A in English, Hindi and Regional language through ENCORE.
This module of ENCORE has directly connected to Affidavit Portal and Voter Helpline App and complete information with candidate profile and status of nomination is available in the public domain on a real-time basis as and when updated in ENCORE, by the authorized officer.
The application has removed the scope of any middle man to modify any data. The connection between the Returning Officer and Citizen is direct.
This has established a greater trust among the Candidate and Citizens on the electoral system which is now transparent and widely available.
As of now 40,858 Candidates nomination has been processed through the application across India from its day of launch.