Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Greatest Reform ?



As per report , Law Minister , Shri Sadananda Gowda , told Times of India on 08 June 2016 :

"  The Prime Minister is very keen to hold elections to assemblies and Parliament together . A committee was set up a month-and-a-half ago and has been given a deadline of three months to complete its report "


Earlier , a committee of secretaries had studied the issue and proposed that polls to assemblies whose terms were expiring 6 months before the 2019 LS elections as well as those doing so 6 months later , be brought together


YEAR-WISE HISTORY  of  STATE  ASSEMBLY  ELECTIONS :

#   2013.................... 9   States

#   2014.................... 8   States

#   2015.................    2   States

#   2016.................    5   States

#   2017.................... 5   States


REASONS  BEING  ADVANCED  IN  SUPPORT OF  SIMULTANEOUS  ELECTIONS  :

#  Unending State elections impede governance as the Code of Conduct is brought into force which prevents announcements of policy decisions that could be seen to influence voters


#  Political exercise is hugely distracting and there is a tendency to read the results as referendums on the Centre , even though the issues at stake are essentially local and State-specific


#  Election Commission believes that the cost of conducting simultaneous elections , at estimated Rs 9,000 crore , could well be much less than the cumulative costs of holding State elections as an annual occurrence


MY  TAKE  :

Conducting simultaneous elections for ALL STATE ASSEMBLIES  and  LOK SABHA , is not only possible but it can be done on a SINGLE DAY , as per my following suggestion , sent to Shri Narendra Modiji on  06 Nov 2014  :
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   VotesApp

( from my blog dated  18 Dec 2012 )


*  An Android app which can be downloaded from Google Play / Android Zoom / GetJar and the official web site of Election Commission of India


*  It will be pre-loaded on 220 million Aakash tablets  which Govt of India plans to distribute to students


*  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


*  All tablet / smart phone manufacturers will be encouraged to pre-load VotesApp


*  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)


*  All of these details will be verified by Aadhar database


*  Obviously , those who have not obtained their Aadhar card , will not be able to use VotesApp . They will need to visit nearest polling booth


*  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


*  An under aged person will not be allowed to register


*  A person will be able to vote only from that mobile number


*  After login on first screen, user will be asked to select one option from,

    #   Panchayat  Election

    #   Municipal  Election

    #   State Assembly  Election

    #   Lok-Sabha  Election


*  Upon selection, user will be presented with the list of candidates contesting , from which , he can select only one by ticking a check-box. 
  

    There will be also a choice , labeled “ None “ ( NOTA )


*  A long press on a candidate’s name will display details of his declared assets as also his criminal record


*  After ticking / selecting a candidate, voter will click on  “ VOTE “ button, whereupon his vote gets registered and VotesApp gets de-activated


*  Once a voter registers on Election Commission web site , he cannot go to a polling booth and vote physically


*  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 !


*  And the beauty is , no one can capture this booth , or conduct exit polls !

  
*  What next ? Election Commission “licensing “ this App to other countries ?



HOW  WILL  IT  HELP  ?


*  No need for 930,000 polling booths / EVMs / Ink / Papers etc

    Every voter's own mobile becomes a miniature EVM  !

    Any registered Voter can vote from anywhere in the World  !


*  Nor any need to deploy 1,100,000 people to conduct the polls


*  No need for millions of Police / Military personnel


*  No need for months of advance preparations, across entire country


*  Voting can be completed in just ONE day - instead of over 6 weeks -
    and results can be declared next day  !


*  Voting could be 95 % or more  !


*  No worry for booth-capture


*  No  bogus voting ( Bio-metric ID from built-in camera )


*  No duplicate voting ( Self-destruct after single usage )


*  No worry for any terrorist attacks


*  Enormous saving of time for Voters


*  No need to declare a public holiday - costing thousands of crores
     worth of production


*  Central Government will save, at least , Rs 2,000 Crores .


*     For the Central Government , a potential  to earn Rs 20,000 crores , by
       enabling 15 million Indian businesses to advertise to 814 million voters
       thru this mobile VotesApp , sharply targeting by Gender / Age / Marital
       Status / City / Street / Education / Income Tax paid / Employed or
       Jobless ..etc

       

*   No need for Central Government to stop taking even routine decisions 
    ( due to Model Code of Conduct )


If a tiny country like Estonia ( population 1.6 million ) can elect its Members of Parliament thru a VotesApp type mobile App , why can't we  ?


Already 900+ million Indians have mobiles - all of which , will soon become Smart Phones


As far as designing / developing of  VotesApp  is concerned , it is NOT a Rocket Science


Any IT / E-Comm Start Up , should be able to develop  VotesApp  in 3 months


Can you think of a better way for " E-delivery of Service " ?


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13   June   2016

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