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Video Recording of Polling

Election Commission has decided to video record the poll proceedings in approx. 20,000 polling booths across 32 districts in the state. ECI proposes to use Computers and webcams for recording the poll proceedings. This is an attempt to crub polling related mal-practices.

Further, ECI proposes to live streaming of about 10,000 of these 20,000 polling booths for viewing in the offices of CEO/DEO & Returning Officers.

The tender notice for the software provider has been issued and vendor will be identified probably by month-end to facilitate roll-out of the equipment and software.

Details of the Tender can be seen on Election Commission Website (document link).

With Video Recording, polling booth related malpractices can be crubbed with real-time monitoring and proper proof to punish the wrong-doers. Video recording will help in create a fool-proof evidence in court-of-law against malpractices done by candidates, their agents & polling officials.

Hope Election Commission also comes up with stringent punishment for officials who tamper with recordings or those who prevent recordings to be done in the first place.

Nice initiative for a better democratic process. Hope to see more efforts like this for better democracy.

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