Voters’ registration in villages to go online

Villagers in Gujarat are set to take e-route to electoral rolls.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published:May 17, 2013 4:48 am

Villagers in Gujarat are set to take e-route to electoral rolls. Come September and voters,even those from remote villages in the state,will be able to register themselves online. The state election commission will begin the online registration facility at the village level,using the network of Gujarat State Wide Area Network (GSWAN).

Both manual and online registration facilities were so far available only up to taluka level at mamlatdar’s office. “Our aim is to reach the villagers’ doorstep. Once the online form is filled up,the voter card will be delivered at the doorstep of the applicant by booth level office within 30 to 40 days,” said state election commissioner Anita Karwal. “This will help make the voters’ registration drive smooth and effective,” he added.

The EC will largely depend on the e-Gram project by the Narendra Modi government. Under e-Gram,satellite-based internet broadband connectivity will be provided to all the 13,685 gram panchayats in the state.

By paying Rs 10,an applicant can fill the form online with the help of operators at the e-Gram centre in their village. “Once registered,the form will be uploaded on the state election commission’s site. After the form’s scrutiny and verification,the voter ID card will be delivered by the booth level officer to the applicant’s home,’’ said Karwal.

“This can be done as the state already has e-Gram facility available in villages,” said Karwal. The pilot project is on in five villages of Gandhinagar North constituency,including Vavol,Sardhan,Randheja,Agarjmati and Rupal. “We will study the pilot project and try to ease out the difficulties before we go ahead with the programme in the entire state in September,” said Karwal.

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