Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency, considered a prestigious seat by BJP and Congress, is going to the polls with several unique initiatives. Model polling stations, Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines and a unique mobile application limited to the constituency will see technology at its best on the election front. Dr K V Thrilok Chandra, returning officer, Bangalore South, said there are 50 model polling stations in the constituency. These polling stations will have internet- enabled help desks. “If voters can’t see their name, they can check online here. If their name falls under another polling station, they will be directed there,” he said. These polling booths will have seating arrangements. CCTV cameras inside and outside the booths, along with an LCD screen, will relay live footage of the polling. Voters can wait at the seating lounge if the booth is crowded. Chandra said people can watch live proceedings at 393 booths, including the model polling stations, online. This includes sensitive/hypersensitive polling stations too. “All they need to do is log on to www.ceokarnataka. kar.nic.in and there will be a URL of each of these booths. Click on a URL to watch live polling,” he added.
Mobile App for Officers
Chandra said they have developed a unique mobile application for recording the polling rate. “As returning officer, I can know the polling rate for every hour in all 1,925 stations with this mobile app,” he said. The application has been installed on all smart phones of 250 sector officers in all the eight constituencies, he said.
LIVE STREAMING AT 2,700 BOOTHS
Chief Electoral Offi cer Anil Kumar Jha said polling at 2,700 booths across the state, including model polling stations, will be streamed live. According to Jha, there are around 100 model polling stations in Bangalore. “In constituencies outside Bangalore, I have asked the district election offi cers to set up fi ve to ten model polling stations in each constituency,” he said.