Voters in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will find, for the first time, the faces of the candidates along with their respective party symbols in the electronic voting machines, the Election Commission announced as it released the seven-phase schedule of the worlds largest democratic exercise.
The commission has introducing a slew of new or improved measures as it aims to make the elections free, fair and transparent – with a dash of eco-friendliness thrown in for good measure. The poll panel announced that for the first time Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail will be used in all EVMs.
In a bid to dissuade leaders with proven criminal records, chief election commissioner Sunil Arora said that contestants with criminal antecedents would be required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through television channels on three occasions during the campaign period.The political party to which the candidate with criminal antecedents belongs is also required to publish such information about the candidate, both on its website and also in newspapers and television channel on three occasions, Arora added.
Arora also explained at length how the poll panel has integrated use of smart technology in different election processes such as the cVIGIL app, which helps people record any violations of poll norms on their Android smartphones and report them to the EC.
Another app, Samadhan, has been made available during both the election and non-election period to help lodge a grievances.