The Department of Personnel & Training has developed the online RTI portal. However, ECI has a unique position where even though the Chief Electoral officers, District Election officers and Electoral Registration Officers are under the State Information Commission, ECI itself is under the Central Information Commission. The fee structure of each State is different and the RTI rules are prescribed separately. Most of the cases from ECI are regarding CEO which need to be transferred. Due to this unique position, there was a need which was felt to have ECI own RTI online portal.
Election Commission of India (ECI) had envisaged an Online Portal where Indian citizens can file RTI applications and appeals directly to ECI under Right to Information ACT, 2005. RTI Online Portal is facilitating citizens of India to obtain the information they want from ECI as per the Act. RTI Online Portal allows Indian citizens to pay RTI fees online through a payment gateway by Net Banking via associate banks, Debit/Credit cards of Master/Visa and RuPay cards.
This application was launched by ECI on 6 June 2018 and was perhaps the first application which was developed in ECI as part of the 2020 plan.
ECI is in a unique position where Chief Electoral officer to whom maximum RTI pertains have State RTI rules but are covered under ECI. Thus having a separate online RTI Portal was a necessity.
The backend of handline the RTI application is completed only. The CPIO and First Appellate Authority has the login for disposing the RTI application online without the use of manual disposal. App the type of reports are available from the portal for ECI RTI Nodal Officers, CPIO and First Appellate Authority.
The RTI Online Portal is available here: https://rti.eci.nic.in/
- Login:- OTP authentication required for login and registration.
- Profile update:- Profile update is the next step after login on the portal.
- New RTI:- New RTI tab contains guidelines with mandatory fields. Need to follow the instructions to create a new RTI.
- RTI Status:- RTI status contains all the RTI status of the logged-in user.
First Appeal:- If the applicant has not gotten any response from CPIO, the applicant will get the option to file the first appeal after 30 days from filling date of RTI Application.
If CPIO has taken any action then immediate first appeal window will enable however in case of transfer, the third party will get the next 30 days to respond on RTI Application.
First appeal window will be activated next 30 days from the day of activation of the first appeal.
- First Appeal status:- First Appeal status contains the status of RTI which was submitted for the First Appeal.
The RTI online portal of ECI brought in the era of transparency to the next level. As of now 11326 application and 1045 appeals have been filed from the RTI Online Portal.