E-Governance Vision 2020 to Provide Inclusive, Integrated Single Window View of Services to all Stakeholders: Dr. Nasim Zaidi

The Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Nasim Zaidi and the Election Commissioners, Shri A.K. Joti and Shri O.P. Rawat at the inaugural session of a WEB (Association of World Election Bodies) Seminar on “Leveraging Technology for Transparent and Credible Elections”, organised by the Election Commission of India, in New Delhi on February 23, 2016.

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Dr. Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner of India said that Election Commission of India (ECI) is currently working on an E-Governance vision 2020 to provide inclusive, integrated single window view of services to all stakeholders in all phases of the electoral cycle using multiple channel of delivery. While delivering the keynote address at a Seminar on “Leveraging Technology for Transparent and Credible Elections”, here today, Dr. Zaidi said increasing the use of ICT in elections is a priority area for virtually every Election Management Bodies (EMB) around the world. A detailed project report based on service provider concept is ready with five strategic goals and 11 mission mode projects. Consultations with stakeholders and industry is underway. Under this vision, some of priority areas will be in mobile apps, social media , knowledge and learning management. Dr Zaidi added.

Talking about the future endeavors, Dr. Zaidi informed that ECI is preparing to work towards mobile and internet services segments of society for flow of election related information and providing services. This will surely enhance transparency of election processes amongst electorates. He said that we are working on finding and evaluating appropriate ICT in preserving and disseminating right information to right people at right time. India International Institute for Democracy and Election Management under ECI is setting up an E-learning Centre for creation of live and virtual environment for capacity building.

Dr. Zaidi emphasized that use of technology has helped in countless ways in simplifying, streamlining and speeding up virtually all aspects of electoral cycles. Technological use has contributed enormously to transparency and credibility of the electoral processes. From the process of elector registration to polling booth management, voting process management, counting, trends and results dissemination requiring voluminous data crunching and effective process management, ICT has been providing significant support in different facets of elections in India

Expressing his security concerns over use of ICT ,Dr Zaidi said “the biggest challenge in using ICT by EMBs lies in relation to ICT security, certification and third party auditing. No electoral democracy can afford to have a technology that fails at its simplest and can be manipulated or subjected to malpractices at its worst. This can demolish the credibility of elections.

The aim of the seminar is to share mutual experiences, so that EMBs can learn the information and communications technologies (ICT) tools required to enhance transparency and credibility of their electoral process. Ms Rasario Graciano De Los Santos, Commissioner, Central Electoral Board, Domician Republic also spoke at the occasion. Election Commissioner, Shri A.K. Jyoti, Election Commissioner, Shri O.P Rawat, Participants from Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) Executive Board, including Dominican Republic, Romania, Republic of Korea, Kenya, South Africa, India, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Kyrgyz Republic, Albania, El Salvador and Bosania and Herzegovina and senior officers of ECI also attended the seminar organized by Election commission of India on the occasion of Executive Board meeting of A-WEB held here yesterday.