THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When the pilot project of webcasting of polling activities in the country completed successfully on Thursday, a Keralite civil servant cheered along with the Election Commission.
The webcasting of polling in 17 most sensitive booths in the byelection at Domariagunj Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh was held under the supervision of Election Commission observer Raju Narayanaswamy.
The prestigious initiative of the Election Commission that will put an end to the malpractice and violence during the election proved successful when the polling completed peacefully in all the 17 booths selected for webcasting.
Under the leadership of Narayanaswamy, who is secretary, Parliamentary Affairs, Kerala, all activities in these booths during the polling on Thursday were webacast through the website http://gis.nic.in/webcast.
"The election in the entire constituency went on peacefully. We have employed enough para military troops as the constituency that borders Nepal is very sensitive. Specific attention was given to the selected booths from where webcasting took place," Narayanaswamy said over phone from Domariaganj.
The constituency which spreads over Sidhartha Nagar and Basti districts is regarded as a problem constituency. The webcasting, once tried earlier in Arunachal Pradesh on an experiment, was employed by the Election Commission in Domariagunj as a pilot project.
The success of the initiative will now make the Commission extend the activity to all problem constituencies in future.
"The feeling that you are being watched itself will serve as a deterrent to law breakers,'' feels Narayanaswamy. Each of the 17 polling booths was fitted with a computer, webcam and dedicated broadband line to enable webcasting. Training was imparted to officials under the guidance of Narayanaswamy, who himself is a computer engineering graduate.