Hyderabad: The ongoing Panchayat elections have gone hi-tech in the State. The State Election Commission (SEC) has inducted advanced software, ‘Te-poll’ to facilitate free and fair elections. The new software helps avert errors in poll related activities like uploading the election expenditure and other activities. It is also useful in preparing the electoral rolls and download the same by the voters and also the contestants. It has benefitted the contestants in the local body elections and the election authorities monitoring the poll preparedness from time to time. .
The officials said the contesting candidates will have to use the ‘Te-poll’ software to ensure that there are no errors in poll related activities like uploading the election expenditure . The software also has provided an opportunity to the contestants to file their nominations online and also upload the details of the disclosure of assets, liabilities, criminal antecedents and educational qualifications of the contesting candidates. Officials said that there were already about 3.36 crore of hits on the server hosting the TSEC.GOV.IN Web portal downloading approximately 5,021 Giga Bite data. Similarly, voters have downloaded 11,105 voter slips through the mobile app and 1,87,163 through the Web Portal of TSEC. In the just-concluded first phase elections, the facility was used by 357 sarpanch candidates and 526 candidates who contested for the posts of ward members . The main objective of this project is effective utilisation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives for online generation of electoral rolls and voter slips for the use of citizen and for effective monitoring of election process . With the uploading of voters' list in the ‘Te-poll software,’ the ward-wise and panchayat-wise voters' list had been prepared automatically, officials said. There will be no scope for bogus voters..