The Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora on Friday at Hyderabad said that aadhaar-linked e-voting could be part of the changes that Election Commission of India is aiming to implement in the next general elections in 2024.
He said that Election Commission of India is working closely with IIT Madras on blockchain technology for remote voting.
Sunil Arora made this big announcement while he was speaking to the IPS Trainees at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad on Friday. He said that introduction of e-voting will change the India’s traditional voting system.
He further said with the implementation of e-voting in India, the voters would be able to cast their votes from any part of the country, no matter where they are registered to vote or even if they are in abroad.
As per information, the model of e-voting would be presented by IIT Madras before the Commission by next month i.e April and if the ECI gives nod to the model, a prototype could be made ready by the end of 2021. Besides, if the project is given a green signal by the ECI, changes in the election law would be required and for that they would be approaching the Law Ministry.
CEC further informed that in the first phase the proposal would enable voting at designated centres in different cities, however in the second phase of the project, if approved, it could be used to enable overseas electors to cast their votes, he said.
Sunil Arora said that Election commission is working on linking Aadhaar card with voter ID as part of electoral reforms. He said the two-way electronic voting system would only be possible only when the linking is complete.
He further talking about the ‘one nation-one election’ said that it is only possible if basic laws are amended. He also said that to make this ‘one nation-one election’ dream come true, political consensus must be sought for simultaneous polls at national and state levels.