Cyber cafes gear up for poll work
Browsing centres across the State are gearing up to take up election related works including names in voters’ list and tracking status of voters’ applications, said P Murugan, secretary of the Tamil Nadu Internet Centre Owners Association here on Wednesday.
About 60 centres have so far opted to offer the service following a decision by the Election Commission of India to utilise the services of authorised internet browsing centres for election works, he informed.
They will act as voters’ registration centres. Their service charge: `10 per new form or correction.
While the norms have been framed, it will take some time for implementation, as the process has just begun.
Murugan said, “Official training will be given to all browsing centre applicants within a couple of weeks.
“We also suggested some corrections and clarifications that are to be incorporated in the software and the election commission officials took them into account.”
The Election Commission has been requested to put up the list of such centres on their website to make the public aware of the authorised browsing centres, he said.
“An MoU should be signed with the EC before taking up the service. We will meet the concerned officials in this regard on Thursday,” he said.
An EC official said, “As for Chennai Corporation, the browsing centre services will be provided only to the core city and not to Greater Chennai. The number of browsing centres in each zone will depend on the interest shown by operators in those areas.”