Voters to use online service by next year


Staff member
Mumbai: The computer-savvy Mumbaikars can for the first time cast their votes at e-smart kiosks in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) poll scheduled for January-February next year, if everything goes according to plan.

In addition to the modified Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) the State Election Commission (SEC) is planning to set up e-smart kiosks in various parts of the city to facilitate the electors to cast their votes online, during the forthcoming BMC polls.

"We have set up a committee to finalise the details of the e-voting scheme, under which the voters can exercise their franchise online at e-smart kiosks we intend to set up at various places across the city. We are optimistic that will be able to implement the e-voting scheme during the 2012 BMC poll," Chand Goyal, principal secretary to the SEC, told Gulf News.

Under the e-voting scheme, those who want to vote online will have to register with the SEC. They will then be issued tamper-proof voter ID cards which they can use to cast their votes at the various e-smart kiosks. "We are also considering if we can create a facility under which the electors can cast their votes using their mobile phones," Goyal said.

The total number of voters in the BMC is 10 million.