Some 4 years back . I had suggested that we , in India , switch-over to voting in Lok Sabha election , using a mobile app , viz:
VotesApp ( 18 Dec 2012 )
Following research paper ( 03 March 2016 ) , submitted by two researchers in Philippines , not only proves that this is entirely possible but provides a detailed Blue Print ( including User Interfaces for such a mobile app –uncannily similar to what I had described in VotesApp ! )
You can also look up this paper at : www.ijarcsse.com ( Past Issues / 2016 / Vol 613 )
Reinforcing my suggestion , a TV episode on BBC ( bbc.click / 23 April 2017 )
show-cased a similar Mobile based Voting App developed by a UK company / www.Smartmatic.com / whose chairman , Mark Malloch-Brown says :
“ Governments and International Organizations alone cannot build the future we need . Citizen participation is key to complete the equation “
Smartmatic web site claims :
Seven world records
Including the world’s largest automated elections, the first to feature paper receipts, the first to feature biometrically-activated voting sessions – and the world’s fastest voter registration project using biometrics.
Then there is Institute for Digital Democracy
which is working for Online Voting in Ireland
A tiny country Estonia introduced Online Voting , way back in 2005 !
Not only for National Elections but also for local elections .
For details , read ,
• All major principles of paper-voting are followed
• Voting from any computer connected to the Internet
• Alternative to the paper-ballot
• Digital voter register based on population register
• Voter's identification with eID
• Virtual double envelope scheme
• Public-private key cryptography
• Virtual voting booth
As for the benefits / savings / revenue-generating potential of VotesApp , do look up :
· Reforming Elections and Lok Sabha ( 20 Dec 2016 )
When I think why a Software Super Power such as India is shying away from this epoch-making reform , I am reminded of what Winston Churchill said in his radio broadcast in Oct 1939 :
“ I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma ; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."
When will our 800 + million voters tell the politicians :
26 April 2017
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