EC To Introduce RVMs For Migrant Workers

Delhi/Hyderabad, Jan 17 (Maxim News): In order to improve the participation of domestic migrant workers in the voting process, the Election Commission of India has proposed a new voting system – Remote Voting Machines (RVMs), which allows migrant workers to cast their votes without traveling to their native places.

The Election Commission demonstrated the prototype Multi-Constituency Remote Electronic Voting Machines to all representatives of Political parties today at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. The Election Commission also solicited written views from all recognized parties on legal, operational, administrative, and technological challenges by January 31. The ECi will decide the future course of action based on the feedback obtained from various stakeholders.

According to this system, Migrant voters need to register online or offline for remote voting with their home constituency Returning Officers. The request for remote voting will be approved after verification of the voter’s details at the home constituency. A special multi-constituency remote voting polling station would be set up in the area where the migrants reside. The modified version of EVM, the RVM offers the same voting experience to voters and will have the same security features as EVMs.

The RVM features a dynamic ballot display board instead of the regular printed paper on voting machines. The dynamic display will show the list of candidates based on the Constituency number read by the Constituency card reader.

According to ECI, the RVMs are capable of handling up to 72 multiple constituencies from a single remote polling booth. After a voter is identified, the Presiding Officer scans the voter’s Constituency card to display the voter’s constituency. The voter then votes for the candidate of his or her choice and each vote will be recorded along with the State code and constituency number. Following this, the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) will also print standard information like State code and Constituency code on the slip. (Maxim News)

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