The biometric voter identification system introduced in the ongoing panchayat polls in Bihar is not only receiving praise from various electoral bodies, but it is also likely to be adopted in the upcoming municipal polls in New Delhi early in the year. next year, said the state election commissioner, Delhi and Chandigarh, said SK Srivastava.
Srivastava, who was in Bihar November 24-26, visited several voting booths during the eighth round of panchayat polls in Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur and provided an update on the latest digital system adopted in the counting process of the Election Commissioner of the State of Bihar, Dr Deepak Prasad.
“The biometric voter identification system adopted by the State Election Commission (SEC), Bihar, is unique and has proven to be an effective tool in controlling false votes and fraud. We are impressed with this and plan to use the same in the next municipal elections in New Delhi. I visited booths and saw the system, ”Srivastava told reporters before returning to Delhi on Friday evening.
SEC, Delhi, which is also chairman of the standing committee of state election commissioners across the country, said advanced electronic voting machines (EVMs) used for assembly ballots and parliamentary ballots should be provided by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the SEC to maintain synergy in the conduct of the polls.
He said the SEC should also obtain approval to procure multi-station and single-station EVMs for civic polls and panchayat polls as needed by manufacturing agencies like BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited) and ECIL. “We will soon write to the Department of Justice on this matter. The “one nation, one election” concept requires that we use the same medium for all elections with a similar type of SRM, ”Srivatasa said.
Prior to the panchayat elections in Bihar, there had been some controversy over the purchase of multi-seat SRMs from ECIL. The SEC asked the Patna High Court to delay granting permission to ECIL from ECI to provide the required number of multi-seat EVMs. Later, the case was resolved with the ECI providing single-post EVMs to the state polling panel of various states.
Bihar panchayat polls are conducted with both EVMs and ballots for six positions in rural local three-tier bodies.
Bihar SEC Deepak Prasad pointed out that the cameras placed on all counting tables and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to capture images of the votes secured by the candidates in the EVMs and put on the server was also a new step adopted in panchayat polls and its impact has been positive.
“Complaints of manipulation in the counting process were negligible on the part of the candidates. The human interface in the counting process has been reduced and there is more artificial intelligence (AI) in the system, ”he said.
Bihar’s 11-phase panchayat polls will end on December 12 with the election of 2.55 panchayat representatives, from constituency members to district council members of local three-tier bodies. The panch and the sarpanch in the gram kutcheries are also elected at the level of the village panchayat.