Gujarat e-vote idea on radar

Jamshedpur, Feb. 2: The Gujarat e-voting model may soon be implemented in the state for increasing the number of urban voters.

State election commissioner S.D. Sharma today told The Telegraph that he had already held discussions in this regard with his counterpart from Gujarat P.S. Shah at the sidelines of the 18th Conference of State Election Commissioners in Ranchi yesterday and put in place a subcommittee.

The subcommittee, he said, would look into various aspects of implementation of the model in Jharkhand.

"It is a novel way of using information technology, which leaves everyone happy. It is completely fair and safe. The subcommittee members will have a discussion regarding this with the Gujarat election commissioner and chalk out the best way of implementing the process in the state," Sharma said.

The election commissioner, however, refused to give any deadline for the implementation of the model and made clear that it might not be put in place by the next municipal elections, which is scheduled to be held in April-May this year.

Sources said the idea behind introducing the concept was to increase the number of urban votes.

"The urban voters often shy away from standing in queues at polling booths. The e-voting facility will give them an option of casting their franchise from the comfort of their homes at the click of a mouse," the source said.

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