The State Election Commission in Gujarat has developed this novel project
About the Project
With the introduction of OVS, State Election Commission, Gujarat (SEC) intended to ensure maximum participation of voters by providing a new platform which is user friendly for voters and being accurate and efficient for election staff in managing the election process. The entire system is designed and the procedures amended thereof keeping in mind the privacy of the voter and privacy of the ballot.
SEC envision computerisation of all key processes related to local body elections, with the intention of ensuring participation of as many citizens in exercising their basic constitutional right of voting. A gradual and systematic application of IT, starting from addressing the basic functional requirements in Municipal Corporation Elections and gradually involving for other local body (such as municipality, district panchayats, taluka panchayats, village panchayats), was preferred by SEC as an approach to their efforts in this direction. This approach, besides addressing the basic functional requirements had also resulted in an increased acceptability and receptivity by the citizens. SEC had implemented OVS in general elections of six municipal corporations (namely Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, and Jamnagar) in October 2010 and subsequently in Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation in April 2011.
Need for the Project
It is general observation that candidates get a voting pattern from the EVM Machine results and hence are indifferent to people of area from which they had received a low vote count.
With the above mentioned system, it became but imperative, to devise a system which would not only address the attitude of a voter but would also ensure that centralized processing of voting results would not affect a candidates attitude towards the voters in his/her ward.
- Ensure completeness and adherence to the voting protocol as applicable to Internet based voting system;
- Ensure availability and reliability of the voting system (i.e. protection against denial-of-service attacks, hacking, and phishing attempts).
- Ensure Authenticity of the voter (or the voting client acting on behalf of the voter, respectively);
- Ensure Authenticity of the vote caste and digital non traceability of the casted votes by citizen;
- Support the concept of secret ballot;
- Ensure Non-duplication of the votes.