Here is a suggestion to IIT-Bombay , to develop a voting app , to be called VotesApp. Highlights of VotesApp :
Ø An Android app which can be downloaded from Google Play / Android Zoom / GetJar and the official web site of Election Commission of India
Ø It will be pre-loaded on 220 million Aakash tablets which Govt of India plans to distribute to students
Ø It will also be pre-loaded on those Smart phones ( to be called, “ Dharati “ ? ), which Govt of India plans to distribute free to 400 million “ poor “ Indians , before 2014 National elections
Ø All tablet / smart phone manufacturers will be encouraged to pre-load VotesApp
Ø Using this app , a voter can register at Election Commission web site, where he will enter the same data which he has submitted for his Aadhar card, including Aadhar card number (Unique Identification No)
Ø All of these details will be verified by Aadhar database
Ø Obviously , those who have not obtained their Aadhar card , will not be able to use VotesApp . They will need to visit nearest polling booth
Ø Upon correct verification , Aadhar Database will permanently link the person’s Aadhar number with the mobile number from which registration is done, and issue a Password
Ø An under aged person will not be allowed to register
Ø A person will be able to vote only from that mobile number
Ø After login on first screen, user will be asked to select one option from > Panchayat Election > Municipal Election > State Assembly Election > Lok-Sabha Election
Ø Upon selection, user will be presented with the list of candidates contesting , from which , he can select only one by ticking a checkbox. There will be also a choice , labeled “ None “
Ø A long press on a candidate’s name will display details of his declared assets as also his criminal record
Ø After ticking / selecting a candidate, voter will click on “ VOTE “ button, whereupon his vote gets registered and VotesApp gets inactivated
Ø Once a voter registers on Election Commission web site , he cannot go to a poling booth and vote physically
Ø In less than one year , Govt of India will recover the cost of 220 million Aakash tablets and 400 million” Dharati “ smart phones , through this customized / personalized / shrinking of EVMs ( Electronic Voting Machines ) to a hand-held device. And imagine the millions of man-hours saved !
Ø And the beauty is , no one can capture this booth , or conduct exit polls ! What will “ experts “ discuss on TV channels ?
Ø What next ? Election Commission “licensing “ this App to other countries ?
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