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Published: Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:07 am [IST]

Hyderabad, March 27th: The Indian Electoral Commission is working with IIT-Madras on the use of blockchain technology for remote voting. Significant development in this direction is expected by 2024, Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said here on Friday.

He interacted with probation officers from the Indian Police Service (IPS) at the National Police Academy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and said that while “One Nation One Elections” was desirable, it was difficult to achieve as it required changes to existing laws and political consensus.

EC is working with IIT-Madras on blockchain technology for e-voting

“We are running a project with IIT-Madras, Chennai and some of the outstanding scientists. We are running a blockchain project. We are very confident that by the Lok Sabha elections in 2024 you will see many fundamental differences as we ( Electoral Commission)) works, including this (e-voting), “replied Arora when asked if the EU is working to introduce app-based e-voting so citizens can vote remotely.

E-voting can be part of the change in the Lok Sabha 2024: CEC electionsE-voting can be part of the change in the Lok Sabha 2024: CEC elections

He said the EC was also working on linking the Aadhaar card to voter ID cards as part of electoral reforms.

At One Nation One Election, he said that existing laws must be changed in order to carry out this gigantic exercise, which also requires political consensus.

“It is a desirable goal that is difficult to achieve until the basic laws are changed … unless you bring the life of parliament into line with the life of state legislators by changing laws … you also need a certain political one Consensus across all countries spectrum, “he said when one of the test subjects asked if” surveys for all at once “were possible.

He welcomed the NPA’s move to send prospective IPS officials to the constituencies of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to understand the electoral process on the ground.

West Bengal faces law and order problems practically on a daily basis, forcing the EC to appoint two high-ranking officers as police observers, while Assam has problems at the border.

As Tamil Nadu is a “spending sensitive” state, the commission has appointed two special expenditure monitors with excellent expertise and flawless careers to curb the flow of money during the polls, he added.

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