On Friday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) launched the Garuda app, which allows users to digitally map all polling booths. Booth Level Officers (BLO) must enter data such as polling station latitude and longitude to guarantee that election work is completed faster, intelligently, transparently, and on schedule.
Before convening a vote readiness review meeting at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Ludhiana, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, and Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar spoke to the media. BLOs will upload photographs and location information of polling booths using this app from their registered mobile numbers, according to Dr. S Karuna Raju.
The media was also told that the app will be crucial in eliminating paperwork. The BLOs will also have the authority to add or remove voter names from the electoral roll, as well as change addresses. Several amenities, including bathrooms, wheelchairs, drinking water, power, sheds, seats, and ramps for differently-abled people, have been finalized as promised facilities at the booths, according to the officials.
The app may be used to track the installation of these services. The ECI will conclude the proves in Ludhiana over the next three days, according to the CEO Punjab. The Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab also said that the number of voting booths has been raised from 23211 to 24659 to minimize congestion at polling booths and to maintain social distance in compliance with COVID-19 regulations.
Raju stated that the Election Commission was fully equipped to hold the elections. The CEO has also directed authorities to undertake substantial public awareness campaigns in certain locations to guarantee that every qualified voter is listed on the voter list. These programs would be administered as part of the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) initiative to encourage voters to participate in the electoral process. Officials will also be responsible for removing deceased names from the list and correcting any other inaccuracies.
Raju met with authorities from the district administration to discuss election preparations in detail. He also reviewed the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) First Level Checking (FLC) and the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) being conducted at PAU since September 30.