Elections in India

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Petition to The Office of the Prime Minister, Govt of India, New Delhi

Common electoral rolls for the country

The need for common electoral rolls, from Panchayat elections to Lok Sabha polls, has long been expressed even by the Election Commission itself. Now that a Parliamentary committee has also recommended that, saying it will help weed out duplicate voters and bring down cost of holding the democratic exercise, perhaps the work on it needs to start right away, so that it becomes a reality well before the next general elections. Also, since the process will require compiling electoral lists across the country, providing for updating on an on-going basis, verifying names against Aadhaar records, etc etc, it would be best if the job is outsourced to professional players, quite like Income Tax and Passport departments have already done in the case of their back-end work. A city like Bengaluru recorded a dismal 45% turn-out in the recent municipal elections. And, this is out of the registered voters, who can't be more than some 60% of the total eligible population (who are above 18, and have proof of having lived in the city continuously for over 6 months), on an average across the city - say 10% in newly developing areas like Whitefield, to some 90% in say Basavanagudi. So, in effect, only some 30% of the eligible population is participating in the basic democratic process itself, making a mockery of it all. This can change totally with what is proposed here. As such, I would herewith like to submit this petition to you, Sir, to direct the government to take up the matter forthwith. Muralidhar Rao PS: Before starting on the petition, I thought I'll first put forth the suggestion to the PMO, direct. I did that by mail on 11th July, and it was recorded under Regn No PMOPG/E/2016/0243554, too. The response unfortunately has been "no action needed - file", with no reasons given.

Muralidhar Rao
152 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mr. Achal Kumar Joti, CEC, Shri Ravindra Maithani, The Secretary General, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Shri Narendra Modi, PMO

Link Aadhaar to EVM, Enable biometrics for voting

The Government of India has done a great job by implementing Aadhaar through Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). This is in like with the Social Security number implemented in the United States (USA) as implemented through Social Security Administration. Aadhaar number is unique to every Indian citizen and stores the biometric and demographic details of the individual in a centralised database. It has been credible linking Aadhaar to Permanent account number (PAN) making it practically essential for filing tax returns. The same has the nod of the Supreme Court (SC) of India. I propose that Aadhaar be linked to Electronic voting machines (EVM) in such a way that biometrics become essential for voting. Of course, for that to happen the Aadhaar would need to be linked to the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) i.e. Voter ID card first. It is also noteworthy that Aadhaar Card Can be linked to the Voter ID (EPIC) directly by individuals. The process is simple and is listed at Link 1 and Link 2. The proposal to link Aadhaar to EPIC had already been placed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) when on 27 February 2015 it issued guidelines for linking EPIC with Aadhaar as part of the National Electoral Rolls Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP). However, a Supreme Court order dated 11 August 2015 put a halt to this ambitious project of the ECI. With another Supreme Court order allowing PAN to be linked to Aadhaar, hopes have resurfaced for this to happen. We, as common people of India, can show our support for this change and help the ECI pull it through. It is noteworthy that this is not the only petition with this agenda on However, out of more than 20 other petitions that have cropped up at around the time of this petition, the efforts can unify and converge. Apart from signing this petition I would insist you to join the facebook group: and help the movement to grow. The utility of Aadhaar in voting can come in two forms: It can be used as a substitute of manual verification of the voter through voter card. Aadhaar can be linked to voter cards and the EVMs can be modified so that a simple biometric punch will confirm is the voter status is legitimate. Storing the votes independently in a different database will ensure that confidentiality of the votes is maintained. It can act as a basis of e-voting system which can be done through a voting app similar to BHIM installed on mobile phones enabling people to vote from home just as they securely avail online banking at their convenience. Biometric identification through linked Aadhaar or OTP enabled systems will ensure the transition of the elections onto the digital age. This can have a number of advantages:  This will not only ensure transparency in the process of voting but will make it tamper-proof and would ensure that electoral frauds do not happen. It can ensure simple, easy yet effective identification of voters through verifiable fingerprint scans (biometric scans linked with Aadhaar). This can therefore eliminate the avenues for spurious voting, problems in relation to individuals having dubious credentials, use of multiple fake identities by same individual for voting multiple times at one or more centres. Various other forms of electoral frauds including booth rigging or other dishonest means of 'stealing' votes can be averted. The scope of various forms of malpractice, corruption and unscrupulous activities would also be grossly reduced. In fact, if the subsequent e-voting is implemented people would no longer need to go to voting booths to vote. People would be able to vote from home (or workplace) without needing to go to voting booths. No more standing in long queues. No more time-consuming voter ID checks. Just open app, anywhere, validate, and vote. The cost of organizing elections (on the part of the government) can be grossly minimised with minimal manpower expenditure. If e-voting is implemented, there would be huge amount of savings of national resources (on the part of people) as people would not need to take a leave and travel costs can be minimised. Government spending would be further reduced as there would be no need to spend on EVMs or other equipment that can be used for nothing other than elections. There would be no need to deploy huge amount of paramilitary forces throughout the country for seamless voting process. The risk of political rioting would be grossly reduced as people would not need to accumulate anywhere. The mobile penetration in the country is high and the use of mobile internet is already in place. Thus re-use and improved utilization of the existing infrastructure can revolutionise the process of elections in the coming days. Faster and hassle-free process for calculating and declaring results. This is in accordance with the Digital India initiative and can be a revolutionary approach. This would not only be an innovative and futuristic approach, rather India would establish itself as a fore-runner once again. Phased roll-out plan for the entire implementation is possible. For people without smartphones or fingerprint sensors OTP enabled steps may be implemented. The BHIM-like voting app can be complemented with voting booths for people who do not have mobile phones or smartphones. The requisite infrastructure for the process is almost in place already. Almost all of the voting population in India now has Aadhaar. Aadhaar Saturation in >18 Years Age band ­ 98.3% (Population­ 804,431,255 & Aadhar­ 790,567,780) [Ref-1] With more than 1 billion mobile users the mobile phone penetration in India is huge and is growing steadily.[Ref-2] Smartphone penetration in India is huge and is growing steadily. [Ref-3] Let me also mention that there have been a number of academic papers which discuss the various aspects of Aadhaar based voting. and many more Although the erstwhile Chief Election Commisioner (CEC) H. S. Brahma had expressed the willingness to get it done, his ambitious projected was halted by a Supreme Court order. He passed on the responsibility to his successor CEC Dr. Nasim Zaidi and now he too has retired while Achal Kumar Joti has now taken over as CEC. Unless we, citizens of the Republic of India please endorse this proposal and express our willingness to get it done, this would not happen on its own. Help in enabling the use of Aadhaar to enhance the process of our democracy and bring even more transparency in the process. Concerns Having said all the above, let me mention that each development comes with additional responsibilities. Any progress demands diligent handling of the additional liabilities it brings to the table. Like all systems, this prospective development can be vulnerable to potential abuse if not implemented properly in the first place. Unlike booth-capturing, detection of evidence of tampering in a e-voting environment would be extremely difficult. Trust is a major factor here. Moreover linking Aadhaar to our vote means the voting process needs to extremely secure and hack proof. We would certainly not want the ruling party to know who you voted for or whether you even voted or not. Therefore each of the stakeholders needs to commit that the security and the anonymity of the system would be ensured. References State/UT wise Aadhaar Saturation Crossed 83% of India Population (Stats as on 30th September, 2016) : CorporateCases India Just Crossed 1 Billion Mobile Subscribers Milestone And The Excitement's Just Beginning : Forbes Number of smartphone users crosses 300 million in India as shipments grew 18 percent : Firstpost Linking Aadhar with voter ID card will remove duplicacy in voter list: CEC H S Brahma: Article on Financial Express dated March 22, 2015  

Dr Diptanshu Das
604 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to @AndhraPradeshCM , @ncbn , @ganta_Srinivasarao

Andhra Pradesh need's the best education policy.

AP govt closing state aid schools ZPHS, showing that students where not joning in that schools. On the other side central govt aid schools like KVS & NVS have full demand for seats. What's wrong with state aid schools?  Ap govt  with intensionly allowing corporates in edu sector, day by day handoveing education sector to  corporates. Ap govt successfully handover complete intermediate education(11th & 12th std) to corporate colleges. As per govt records they as every village as 1 high school, then why govt didn't setup junior colleges at least for 5 villages as one junior colleges(intermediate colleges). That corporate colleges at intermediate, they was encouraging Hostel culture. To earn money as fees. All residential colleges as set in out cuts of cities. But students were from rural areas & must of them from farmers family's. In the name of residential, college collecting lakhs of rupees as fees.  Andhra Pradesh cm @Ncbn wake up at least now.  Present our education policy making students as dump minded. No creativity. """Only #byhearting the questions (all-in -one books for 10th to  and attending exam and getting good score.""" The way of conducting exams need to change. Exams not ment for score. By exams skills need to highlighten. For the years same questions and same pattern of question paper. Your education policy need to  change completely.  I personally recommends state govt need to adopt KVS & NVS standards , with NCERT syallbus.  Abolish of intermediate board,  combine Jr & Sr Inter as 11th & 12th classes into high school system. With universal education policy, fix some radius km of student need to study in that schools.  

krishna Kichu
16 supporters